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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During a panel discussion of this week's economic news, which included a massive drop in the stock market after the U.S. Treasury yield curve inverted, Rampell explained why Americans should be deeply worried about the prospects of a recession under this president.
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"The pace of it, I think about the people who work in the White House," said Cooper. "I think President Trump — you know, Dorothy Parker said those born to the storm find the calm very boring. I don't know why he was born to the storm but that chaos—"
"Oh, he creates his own storm," said Colbert. "He takes a big bucket of seawater, throws it in his own face and says, 'I'm a sea captain.' We're going to ride it out, boys. Throw another bucket."