The Trump administration has faced criticism of the role played by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump from the very beginning. Critics claim the use of unqualified family members as advisers in the White House is nepotism at best, if not a mark of dangerous incompetence. Ivanka, in particular, has faced criticism for her use of government access to boost her business. Both, but especially Kushner, have taken heat for their use of a private email server and private devices, which experts claim have almost certainly been compromised.
Now, it’s looking like all of that bad press caught up to White House occupant Donald Trump. According to reports, he may be reconsidering their role in the administration. Chief of Staff John Kelly had a spat with Kushner over being cut out of the loop on DACA, and looks to have won the resulting power struggle. For Ivanka’s part, concern for her welfare in the midst of bad press seems to be driving Trump’s decision to reduce her role in White House affairs.
‘“Baby, you’re getting killed, this is a bad deal,” Trump has told Ivanka Trump, in front of other staffers, after soaking in the criticisms of the role his daughter is playing.
‘He has expressed some of his frustrations with her battered image on Twitter. “When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!” the president tweeted in July, defending his daughter for taking his seat at the G-20 conference in Hamburg, Germany. “If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother, as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!”
‘Privately, Trump has asked some senior staffers their thoughts on how Kushner and Ivanka Trump can withstand the personal attacks, according to White House officials. Another White House official said the president’s concern about their current roles was not driven by any sense that they were unable to serve appropriately, but out of a desire to protect his daughter and son-in-law.’
It remains to be seen what concrete steps Trump will be taking to reduce their White House role. This much is clear, though – they never should have been in the White House to start with.
Despite Trump’s vehement declarations otherwise, appointing Kushner as a key adviser was probably illegal, as was Ivanka’s use of White House access to pitch business ideas. Trump’s use of his children in government roles is one of the primary things cited when discussing the corruption of this administration.
It’s important to remember that even if Trump does partially or entirely reduce the role of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, it won’t be the right reasons. He didn’t have a moment where he saw the light and recognized his actions as the corrupt nepotism they are. No, instead, once again, he’s only worried about public perception and how it affects him and his family.