Kushner dismisses possible White House departure: ‘We’re here to stay’
President Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview published Saturday that he and first daughter Ivanka Trump will stay in Washington, D.C.
“We’re here to stay,” Kushner told The Washington Post. “At the current moment, we’re charging forward.”
Kushner went on to say it was “a good sign” that Ivanka Trump had asked him if the family should look at new houses.
The family, which hails from New York City, had originally agreed to reassess after the first six months of the administration whether they would stay in Washington, according to the Post.
Kushner’s publicized comments come as The New York Times reported Saturday that White House chief of staff John Kelly discussed the possibility of Trump’s eldest daughter and son-in-law departing the White House by the end of 2017, which Kelly disputed.
“There was honestly never a time when I contemplated getting rid of Jared and Ivanka,” Kelly told the Times.
Kelly has reportedly limited the couple’s access to the president since becoming chief of staff, having them go through him first.
Kushner has become a major subject of the continuing federal and congressional probes into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia’s election meddling.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into Kushner’s past contact with foreign officials as part of the probe.
Kushner participated in two meetings with Russians in the month prior to Trump’s inauguration — one with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and another with Sergey Gorkov, the chairman of a state-owned Russian bank.
Kushner, alongside Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, among others, also attended a meeting during the 2016 election at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who had promised damaging information on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Kushner has maintained he did not participate in any wrongdoing or have any improper communications with Russia during the 2016 election.