Kelly questions what Kushner, Ivanka Trump do all day: report
Chief of staff John Kelly is reportedly frustrated with White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and has questioned what the couple does during the day, The Associated Press reported Monday.
Sources told the AP that Kelly is angry with the pair, claiming that they are responsible for President Trump changing his mind on policies at the last minute.
He also questions what the couple does all day and is upset by their “freelancing,” according to the AP.
The report comes after Kelly limited Kushner’s access to sensitive information following a review of White House staffers’ security clearances.
Kushner and Ivanka Trump reportedly viewed Kelly’s work on the clearances as a direct attack on them, according to the AP.
The AP’s report comes after a series of news stories about Kushner in recent days, not limited to reports of his downgraded security clearance.
The New York Times reported last week that President Trump is frustrated with the coverage and is quietly looking for ways to remove Kushner and his daughter from the White House.
And the Trump family is reportedly upset with Kelly, blaming him for the negative reports about Kushner.
Kelly said in a statement last month that he has “full confidence” in Kushner to do his job.
“As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli–Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,” he said. “Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the president’s agenda. There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise.”
Sources close to Kushner and Ivanka Trump say the couple does not have plans to leave Washington, according to the AP report.