John Kelly draws a line in the sand — demands Trump choose between him and Kushner
White House chief of staff John Kelly is reportedly considering modifying the role of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Politico reports Kelly was “livid” after learning that Kushner had been negotiating behind the then Secretary of Homeland Security’s back with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
According to three sources, Politico reported Secretary Kelly, “called senior White House officials and demanded a meeting with Trump to deliver something of an ultimatum: If Kushner was going to freelance on DHS issues, the president would have to choose between his son-in-law and the four-star general serving in his Cabinet.”
Kelly is reported seeking “a formal organizational chart on top of Trump’s formerly chaotic West Wing” that has continued to be plagued by scandals and failure since the former Marine General took over as Chief of Staff.
Trump’s chief of staff isn’t the only one wondering about the roles of family members turned senior staff.
“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,” Politico noted.
Legal liability may eventually drive out Kushner, Politico notes, “the concerns voiced to Trump by staffers and lawyers has been more about the legal ramifications that Kushner could inflict on the president, related to the ongoing probes into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.”
How the Russian probes develop may decide Kushner’s future as a government employee.
“The media glare turned back on the couple earlier this week, when the chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee expressed concern that Kushner had failed to disclose his use of a private email account for White House business and that he did not turn over documents from that account to the committee,” Politico noted. “Kushner has also come under scrutiny for attending a Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton during the campaign.”