Dem Rep Slams White House 'Grifters' like Jared Kushner


According to the Times report, Kushner also met with the CEO of Citigroup at the White House early previous year.

As The New York Times reported, Trump's irritation stems from the recent scrutiny into Kushner's business dealings and the fact Ivanka has been reportedly exploiting her role as first daughter since joining the administration.

Given the on-again-off-again nature of Thursday's announcement and subsequent lack of details, there was more than a suspicion that the trade move had been fast-tracked to distract from a disastrous week.

Allies of Trump's on Capitol Hill and elsewhere describe a sense of "meltdown" at the White House as the series of unfortunate events unfold. As a result, he can no longer read the highly sensitive President's Daily Brief, much less learn about classified details on world affairs.

There has been a lot of exits from the White House this week.Hope Hicks announced her resignation and Jared Kushner's security clearance was downgraded.

It wasn't immediately clear what sparked Trump's sudden desire to make the policy announcement within 24 hours, but his directive for a next-day announcement came as the White House was engulfed in its latest string of negative headlines.

Trump said the United States will impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% tariff on aluminum to shore up the struggling industries, capping a fierce, months-long internal debate that divided some of the President's top advisers.

I can imagine some of President Trump's supporters saying: "What is the big deal with foreign leaders trying to influence Jared Kushner?". This status meant she at least had not been subjected to the "Trump way" since childhood. She's calling the video "cheesy" and says that "we don't think it's responsible".

Advisers wonder now who will step into the role of presidential whisperer - a job ever more important as stumbling blocks continue to arise, including the mounting stack of indictments in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "I certainly wouldn't say he's doing personal PR, but he handles a lot of things in [Kushner and Ivanka Trump's] portfolio".

Commenting on the issue, White House Spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders said that Kushner would continue to play a significant role in the presidential administration.

The newspaper, quoting three people familiar with the meetings, said Harris met several times with Kushner and even discussed a possible White House job for the executive, but that never materialized.

Considering the example set by the President, who has ignored precedent by retaining attachments to his business interests (and their profits), Kushner's very bad judgment when it came to taking (and potentially using) his position seems like business as usual.

White House senior communications official Josh Raffel is leaving his post in the next two months, after less than a year in Washington.