WSJ editorial board: Kushner and Ivanka should consider leaving White House

WSJ editorial board: Kushner and Ivanka should consider leaving White House
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The Wall Street Journal called on 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's daughter and son-in-law, 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 and 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, on Friday to consider leaving their White House jobs, calling them a "political liability" in an already turbulent administration. 

"Hiring family for high-profile jobs is always high political risk," the paper's historically conservative editorial board wrote. "Their loyalty can be an asset, but they inevitably become high-profile political targets. Above all they are hard to fire even when they become liabilities."

Kushner, who has been tapped by the president to help lead negotiations between Israel and Palestine and other key foreign policy matters, could be handicapped by his recent loss of a top secret clearance, the editorial board said. 

The president's son-in-law lost his clearance amid heightened scrutiny over temporary security clearances, for which the Journal praised chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE for not showing favoritism by sparing Kushner. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that at least four foreign governments had discussed using Kushner's business interests to exploit him.

"He also won’t be able to see the President’s daily intelligence briefing. While Mr. Kushner has other policy portfolios, such as prison reform, his value as a formal White House adviser will be diminished," the editorial board noted. 

The couple, who has remained in the White House as unpaid advisers since Trump took office, could have a more valuable role as outside confidants, the paper suggested, noting Ivanka's "admirable performance" as part of the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea last week. 

"Mr. Kushner and Ivanka have to decide if they’d serve themselves and the President better by walking away from their formal White House roles," the paper concluded.