Vanity Fair: Trump polled Mar-a-Lago guests about Kushner’s scandals

Vanity Fair: Trump polled Mar-a-Lago guests about Kushner’s scandals

President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE during his visit to Mar-a-Lago last weekend reportedly polled guests on reports about his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerJim Carrey paints Kushner as 'self-unmade man' The Daily Show jokes Trump’s new legal counsel is a TV Mueller investigates, Peters quits Fox, White House leaks abound MORE.

A person familiar with what happened told Vanity Fair that during Trump's brief 24-hour visit to the luxury resort the president asked club members how stories about Kushner were playing. 

Trump's visit to Mar-a-Lago and subsequent polling of resort guests came after a week of rocky headlines for Kushner. On Saturday, while Trump was still in Palm Beach, Fla., news broke that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election had a renewed interest in Jared Kushner. 


Earlier in the week, Kushner had his security clearance downgraded from top-secret to secret. A report also revealed that Kushner's family business received millions of dollars in loans from two companies after they took part in White House meetings.

The source told Vanity Fair that the bad press upset Trump, saying the president “hates bad publicity generated by others” and doesn't like when anyone profits off his name.

Trump struck a lighthearted tone on the matter on Saturday, joking at the Gridiron Dinner that he was late to the event “because Jared could not get through security.”

Criticism of Kushner has evolved to speculation about whether he and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpJim Carrey paints Kushner as 'self-unmade man' Modern American women succeed under Republican economic policies White House race to replace Hope Hicks has two lead contenders MORE will stay in their current White House roles.

Despite his frustrations, the president reportedly still wants Ivanka and Kushner to stay in their roles.