Kushner And Ivanka Refuse To Leave DC, Want New House
Sunday - 26/11/2017 15:39
President Donald Trump might not be getting rid of his eldest daughter and son-in-law anytime soon.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are reportedly looking to buy their first house in Washington, D.C., even amid reports that White House staffers want them to scram.
In a rare interview, Kusher said his wife has been asking about purchasing a home in the nation’s capital, apparently countering reports that the couple might move back to New York after drawing too much scrutiny in D.C.
“We’re here to stay. At the current moment, we’re charging forward,” Kushner told The Washington Post in a profile published Saturday.
“My wife asked me the other day if we should be looking at new houses, so that’s a good sign,” he added.
Kushner and Ivanka, who both serve as presidential advisors, moved with Trump to Washington and rented a place for six months before deciding whether they will stay.
Since then, both have become enmeshed in daily White House operations — and scandals, with the latter reportedly mortifying the president.
Kushner had been assigned a series of massive diplomatic missions, most importantly attempting to broker a Middle East peace deal that has eluded previous administrations. But he has become a center of controversy during the investigations into the Trump campaign’s suspected Russia ties, as revelations about undisclosed Russian contacts keep getting Kushner put before investigators and interviewers. Kushner’s role in White House duties has been steadily diminished during Trump’s first year. He has denied any involvement in or knowledge of Russian collusion.
Ivanka, meanwhile, has served as a Trump surrogate in public appearances and even private meetings, even as government watchdog groups decry her mix of politics with her fashion brand.
The family drama might be becoming too much for Trump, as recent reports have suggested the couple’s days in Washington could be numbered.
Trump told his daughter, in front of staffers, that he was worried about her “getting killed” in the press and getting “a bad deal” in D.C., according to a Politico report in September. More recently, Trump was dismayed to see his daughter speaking out against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, The New York Times reported. Trump has not denounced Moore as the Republican candidate faces multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been shrinking Kushner’s role in the White House while discussing with Trump the possibility of the couple leaving in 2018, according to The Times.
Kelly has denied pushing this idea and Trump has said there are no plans for his daughter or son-in-law to leave the administration.