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- President Donald Trump has reportedly grown frustrated at his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter. Ivanka, both of whom work as senior advisers in the White House.
- Though Trump reportedly told the two to keep serving, he privately asked White House chief of staff John Kelly for help to remove them, according to aides cited by The New York Times.
- The two are believed to be locked in a power struggle with Kelly, who has also grown frustrated with them.
President Donald Trump has reportedly grown frustrated with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his daughter Ivanka, according to a New York Times report published Thursday.
The two senior advisers have also been on White House chief of staff John Kelly’s radar, who has been trying to establish and maintain order in an otherwise chaotic West Wing.
According to two people close to Trump, he was particularly frustrated with Kushner, who was the subject of a series of negative headlines in recent days – from a possible violation of the Hatch Act, to a report that indicated four countries had sought to exploit his weaknesses. Trump’s views on Kushner ranged from regretful to annoyed, The Times reported.
Ivanka was not spared from Trump’s ire, according to the newspaper. But despite telling the two to continue their jobs, aides said Trump privately asked Kelly for help to move them out.
Kelly is also believed to be frustrated with Ivanka, whose recent diplomatic trip to South Korea during the Winter Olympics drew criticism. As a former Marine general who aimed to instill a military-like structure in the White House, Kelly reportedly found himself at odds with the freewheeling access Ivanka had with her father.
The feelings appear to be mutual, as the president’s daughter was reportedly preparing for a “death match” against Kelly. A White House official familiar with the situation said that after an avalanche of unflattering news coverage about Kushner, members of Trump’s family felt Kelly had inadequately shielded them.
“Javanka and Kelly are locked in a death match,” the source, referring to a nickname for Kushner and Ivanka, said in an Axios report on Friday. “Two enter. Only one survives.”