New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Wednesday that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has already shoved aside acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and is essentially running the White House.
During an interview with CNN's John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, the hosts asked Haberman to tell them what she's heard about who is really in charge at the White House now.
"That would be one relative: Jared Kushner," Haberman replied. "What you will hear from people around Jared Kushner is, 'That's silly, he's focused on what he wants to do, he's got his own discrete pieces of work.' And those things are true! But as was true during the campaign, no matter who was really in charge, Jared Kushner was behind the scenes managing most of it, taking credit when things went well and sort of distancing himself when they didn't."
Haberman said that Kushner's ascendancy to de facto chief of staff has been enabled by the departure of former chief of staff John Kelly, who often clashed with Kushner and first daughter Ivanka Trump about White House policy.
"Mick Mulvaney is seen internally as not a particularly strong chief of staff, and that's because he is not providing much of a buffer between the staff and the president," she said. "Jared Kushner has been rising internally... he is feeling ascendant."
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