The political future of Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser and President Trump's son-in-law, may be in jeopardy.
A recent New York Times report states that "in recent weeks, the Trump-Kushner relationship, the most stable partnership in an often unstable West Wing, is showing unmistakable signs of strain."
According to the media outlet, based on inside sources, the "most serious point of contention" between the two was about a presentation Kushner's sister gave on May 6 to Chinese investors which seemed to offer the potential for U.S. visas in exchange for a generous investment in one of the family's real estate ventures.
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Meanwhile, the Times indicates that Kushner is not particularly popular with other White House staff members due to his special status with the president—reportedly resulting in the nickname "Jared Island"—along with his demeanor which has been characterized as "aloof" and reportedly, he has a "propensity for avoiding messy aspects of his job."
For instance, during the days leading up to the ill-fated health care vote in March, social media posts showed him at a vacation in Aspen, Colorado. According to CNN, "Kushner did appear at the White House on Friday during the last gasps of the Obamacare repeal effort."
Kushner has now become embroiled in his own controversy which began after the Washington Post reported on Friday that "Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin."
Walter Shapiro, a columnist for The Guardian, said in an op-ed that regardless of Kushner's intention, "his life in the coming months and maybe years will be a study in misery."
"Whether it is an appearance under oath on Capitol Hill or the inevitable FBI interview, every sentence Kushner utters will bring with it possible legal jeopardy," Shapiro stated.
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Adrienne Watson, a communications official for the Democratic National Committee, has called for Kushner to be fired; she had previously advocated for his security clearance to be suspended while the FBI investigated him.
Despite the negative reports, the president has expressed his support for his embattled son-in-law, telling the Times, "Jared is doing a great job for the country. I have total confidence in him."