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- President Donald Trump wants Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to leave Washington, DC, and go back to New York, Vanity Fair reported.
- The president is said to have become increasingly frustrated in recent months with political advice from Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser.
- Kushner and Ivanka Trump are central figures in the Russia investigation, and Trump wants them to leave to avoid negative news coverage, according to the Vanity Fair report.
President Donald Trump wants his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, to leave Washington, DC, and head back to New York, Vanity Fair reported on Tuesday.
The president reportedly advocates the move because he wants the couple to avoid negative news coverage.
“He keeps pressuring them to go,” a source told Vanity Fair.
Kushner and Ivanka Trump are central figures in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Mueller is reportedly investigating the president’s role in crafting a misleading statement his son Donald Trump Jr. released after it emerged that he met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016. Mueller is also examining whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice by firing James Comey as FBI director in May.
Kushner was also with Trump in Bedminster, New Jersey, during a weekend in early May when Trump put together a draft letter laying out the reasons he wanted to fire Comey.
He never sent it – White House counsel Don McGahn had advised him against doing so – but he fired Comey days later, ultimately leading to Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.
The Vanity Fair report also said that Trump was becoming frustrated with Kushner’s political advice, including that Trump back Luther Strange in the runoff for the GOP nomination for a US Senate seat in Alabama.
Strange lost the nomination to Roy Moore, who is now in an increasingly competitive race against Democrat Doug Jones to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.