Trump is badmouthing AWOL Jared Kushner after election loss: report
Jared Kushner (Time)

Former President Donald Trump has reportedly been badmouthing son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has been missing in action in recent weeks despite being one of Trump's most trusted advisers for years.

Two sources tell CNN that Trump "has been telling those in his inner circle he is angry with Kushner. Although these sources didn't give Trump's exact reasons for his displeasure, there are some signs that he blames Kushner for his humiliating loss in the 2020 presidential election.

"We know the boss isn't going to blame himself," one source said of Trump's ongoing bitterness over losing the election.

The biggest sign of Trump's frustration with Kushner is the fact that Kushner was not present at a recent political strategy meeting to discuss the 2022 midterm elections and a possible 2024 presidential run.

One former administration official said this was odd because Kushner was always eager to "meddle" in the affairs of other officials.

"He was an 'expert' in everything," the former White House official said, pointing to Kushner's failed efforts to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic and broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

A source more sympathetic to Kushner, however, indicated that he's simply exhausted by dealing with his father-in-law.

"The drama of politics wore him down," he said. "Eventually, Trump wears everyone down."