Trump 'frustrated' with Kushner over negative press: NYT

Trump 'frustrated' with Kushner over negative press: NYT
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough Illinois primary fight MORE is becoming “frustrated” with his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Senate Intel releases election security findings | Facebook to meet with officials on Capitol Hill amid Cambridge Analytica fallout | Orbitz admits possible breach White House vents frustration with 'absurd' Mueller probe Trump legal team seeks to add GOP attorney Theodore Olson: report MORE, over a series of negative news stories, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said Friday.

In an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Haberman was asked to explain a Times report Thursday that said Trump has privately asked chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE to help move Kushner and his wife, senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpClinton on potential Ivanka presidential bid: 'We don't want any more inexperienced Trumps in the White House' Helicopter engine fails on Ivanka, Kushner flight: report Week ahead in tech: AT&T, DOJ merger fight heads to trial MORE, out of the White House.

Haberman said President Trump has been “all over the place” with his comments on the White House roles of his daughter and Kushner.

“He is ambivalent about whether [having them work in the White House] is a good thing or a bad thing,” Haberman said. “Several months ago … he had been looking at having them leave [the White House], particularly Jared Kushner. This is less about Ivanka Trump; it’s primarily about Jared.”

Haberman said Trump has repeatedly told aides that his daughter only receives “bad press” because of Kushner and that he sees negative stories about Kushner as an extension of attacks on him.

But Haberman said Trump has become “frustrated” with the negative press Kushner is receiving.

“He goes back and forth between feeling bad about what has happened and being irritated by the fact that Jared Kushner has become a liability of sorts in his own right,” she said. “He will talk about how ‘Jared’s getting killed, Jared’s getting killed,’ and he’s not always saying it with any sense of self-reflection or, ‘this is an extension of how they’re looking at me.’”

“Trump does not like when people attract negative headlines that could be a problem for him. And now he has a member of his extended family getting that in droves.”

White House aides told the Times that, while Trump has told both Ivanka Trump and Kushner that they should continue in their White House roles, he has privately asked for Kelly’s help in getting them out of the White House.

Two people familiar with Trump’s thinking told the Times that he is frustrated with Kushner and the controversies surrounding him, including the downgrading of his security clearance over issues with his background check and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s reported interest in his business dealings.

Axios reported Wednesday that members of Trump’s family, particularly Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Organization real estate partner in India accused of 'large-scale fraud' Wife of White House social media director Dan Scavino files for divorce GOP Fla. gubernatorial candidate pictured with disgraced former congressman at Mar-a-Lago MORE, are furious with Kelly and believe he is allowing Kushner to be exposed to political attacks.

Kelly said last week that he has confidence in Kushner's ability to do his job, despite Kushner having his top-secret security clearance downgraded.

The Times reported in May that Kushner has told friends he and his wife do not have permanent plans to stay in Washington and would review whether they wanted to stay in D.C. every six months.