According to Vanity Fair, Donald Trump wants daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner to return to New York.
“He keeps pressuring them to go,” a source close to Kushner told Vanity Fair, referring to the president, in an article published Tuesday.
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Trump is pressing the move so the couple’s “brand” can avoid further damage inflicted by negative press coverage from the political scene. The suggestion comes as pressure mounts on the Trump administration from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Kushner, once charged with enhancing government efficiency, improving relations with China, solving the opioid crisis, and solving the Middle East crisis, also now has fewer responsibilities and less autonomy in the West Wing under chief of staff John Kelly’s leadership.
“Kelly has clipped his wings,” a Republican figure in contact with the White House told Vanity Fair.
Earlier this month, Vanity Fair reported that Trump was dissatisfied with the advice he had received from Kushner.
Trump told former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon that he blames Kushner for the firings of former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey.