by Graham Pierrepoint
U.S. President Donald Trump has overseen a considerable change in staff at the White House in what has not even yet been a year of service as Commander in Chief – as several heads rolled thanks to a number of controversies, though the big man himself has remained steadfast in his role despite criticism from various corners of the globe. Trump’s first year in charge has perhaps been the most dramatic 12-month tenure in U.S. Presidential history – and one of the major issues that has fallen under the microscope is his own family’s involvement in White House dealings, with both daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner having taken important advisory roles in the West Wing. If reports are to be believed, however, it seems that Kushner’s role in the U.S. Presidency may be expected to see considerable scaling back.
Kushner was instrumental in helping the Trump campaign succeed – and his father-in-law put him firmly in charge of relations with China – as well as various other projects, including a role as overseer of the White House’s Innovation Office. Not bad going for a real estate entrepreneur – but with ongoing rumblings regarding Trump’s campaign allegedly colluding with Russian agents growing ever more concerning for the main staff, it seems that cutting down Kushner’s role may well be on the cards.
Watch: Kelly 'Discussed The Possibility' Of Jared Kushner 'Departing The West Wing' ▶
Inside reports – including those published by The New York Times – suggest that Kushner’s role at his father-in-law’s workplace will be muted significantly as a result of the ongoing Russia probe. The Washington Post, too, weighs in on the potential for us seeing less of Kushner, stating “His once-sprawling White House portfolio, which came with walk-in privileges to the Oval Office, has been diminished to its original scope.” It’s also being suggested that moves to reduce Kushner’s role at the White House are part of changes being brought by Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was instrumental in removing the controversial Anthony Scaramucci from his communications post ▶ and oversaw strategist Steve Bannon leave his advisory role ▶.
Trump’s staffing issues seem to continue as the Russia probe rolls onwards ▶ – with various suggestions being made that Kushner and Donald Trump Jr could both be heavily implicated. It is the latest in a long line of scandals that has befallen the current Presidency – and with Trump’s time in charge barely three months away from a year, where will the sagas end up? Keep your eye on One News Page for more details as and when we have them.