'Keep your eye on the family': Authoritarianism experts reveals how Mattis departure a step toward 'dynastic kleptocracy’
White House senior advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump stand behind the president in the Oval Office (Twitter)

The departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will further empower senior White House advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner according to authoritarianism expert Sarah Kendzior.

Kendzior, the author of The View from Flyover Country, is co-host of Gaslit Nation podcast.

"Every time someone leaves the White House, it creates more room for Jared and Ivanka -- and their backers," she explained.

"This is a dynastic kleptocracy," she added.

"It's exploited by different political actors with different desires and demands," she continued. "But keep your eye on the family -- and their money."