Kushner has called Bolton for advice over past year: report

Kushner has called Bolton for advice over past year: report
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White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump pushing for GOP donor's company to get border wall contract: report Trump family members will join state visit to UK Top Palestinian negotiator: Trump wants our surrender MORE has reportedly been in regular contact with incoming national security adviser John Bolton over the past year to ask him for advice.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Kushner has called Bolton for advice and insight about the United Nations, among other issues. In addition, White House aides reportedly asked Kushner to speak with Bolton about important policy matters so that Bolton was familiar with the administration’s positions on various issues when he went on cable TV.

Prior to joining the White House, Bolton worked as a commentator for Fox News.


Kushner is responsible for an expansive White House portfolio that includes working on a Middle East peace agreement and relations with Mexico. It's unclear how his responsibilities have been changed after his security clearance was recently downgraded.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE last week tweeted that he’d chosen Bolton, a former U.N. ambassador during the George W. Bush administration, to replace H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser.

Democrats have expressed concerns about Bolton's past pro-war views, particularly during his time in the Bush administration leading up to the Iraq War.

Bolton’s appointment is one in a series of recent changes within Trump’s cabinet.

Trump's top economic adviser, Gary CohnGary David CohnTrump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report John Kelly had to break up argument between US trade officials: report The Hill's Morning Report — Dem ire at Barr intensifies MORE, resigned earlier this month. Trump picked Larry Kudlow to replace him.

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonEx-Trump campaign adviser on Tillerson remarks: Trump will 'pick a fight with anybody' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump Trump fires back at 'dumb as a rock' Tillerson on Putin MORE was forced out earlier this month as well. Trump has nominated CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Trump defense chief: US may send more troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions Pompeo slams 'unconscionable' release of 'American Taliban' MORE as Tillerson's replacement.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he intends to replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinTrump sent policy pitch from Mar-a-Lago member to VA secretary: report Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? It’s time to end the scare tactics and get to work for our veterans MORE with Adm. Ronny Jackson, who is currently the White House physician.