President Trump left himself open to praise from "alt-right" activists and criticism from lawmakers, business leaders and political pundits alike on Tuesday afternoon when he said there were "two sides" to the deadly Charlottesville protests last Saturday.
Trump initially spoke out against the "many sides" of violence present as counter protesters turned out against white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-nazis, then verbally condemned racism and white supremacists while reading from prepared remarks on Monday, and then circled back to a "two sides" argument while answering a press question on Tuesday.
As a senior White House official says Trump "went rogue," mediators like Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump -- an advisory White House duo that may have been able to keep the president more centrist in his rhetoric -- are nowhere to be found.
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Ivanka Trump takes part in a conversation with Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, U.S., May 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 21: Ivanka Trump greets U.S. military leaders before a speech by President Donald Trump on Americas involvement in Afghanistan at the Fort Myer military base on August 21, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Trump was expected to announce a modest increase in troop levels in Afghanistan, the result of a growing concern by the Pentagon over setbacks on the battlefield for the Afghan military against Taliban and al-Qaeda forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump (R) speaks next to Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon during a White House event with small businesses in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 1. 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, departs United Nations headquarters after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, U.S., July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 04: Ivanka Trump delivers remarks during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building April 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump also delivered remarks and answered questions from the audience during a town hall event with CEO's on the American business climate. Also pictured are U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (L) and Reed Cordish (R), from the Office of American Innovation.
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Ivanka Trump joins her father U.S. President Donald Trump as he meets with women small business owners at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Ivanka Trump speaks during a visit to the Smithsonian?s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Ivanka Trump (R) joins her father U.S. President Donald Trump as he holds a meeting with experts on addressing human trafficking at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld , Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ivanka Trump participate in a roundtable with U.S. President Donald Trump and German and U.S. business leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L), his wife Ivanka Trump and with chief economic advisor Gary Cohn depart a news conference by U.S. President Donald Trump and King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Ivanka Trump and her husband White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner attend a news conference with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: (L to R) Senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump enter before U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference at the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. The two answered questions from American and Japanese press. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Carryn Owens (L), widow of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, reacts as Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner (R), applaud after Owens was mentioned by President Trump. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Ivanka Trump stands as U.S. President Donald Trump makes a toast during the Governor's Dinner in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Ivanka Trump looks at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) during U.S. President Donald Trump's roundtable discussion on the advancement of women entrepreneurs and business leaders at the White House in Washington February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump points out his daughter Ivanka Trump (2nd R), flanked by Alveda King (2nd L) and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) (R), during his remarks after visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump watch as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC, U.S. February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L) and his wife Ivanka Trump talk with Sara Netanyahu (front L) as she arrives for a joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Ivanka Trump watches as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe U.S. and President Donald Trump speak during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Claudia Mirza, co-founder and chief executive officer of Akorbi, from right, Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, Jessica Johnson, president of Johnson Security Bureau Inc., and President Trump listen during a meeting with women small business owners in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Investors on Monday further unwound trades initiated in November resting on the idea that the election of Trump and a Republican Congress meant smooth passage of an agenda that featured business-friendly tax cuts and regulatory changes. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
Senior Advisor to the President, Jared Kushner (L), walks with his wife Ivanka Trump to board Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2017.
The two are travelling with US President Donald Trump to Florida. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump takes her seat at the beginning of the third working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/POOL
Ivanka Trump, Assistant to President Donald Trump, gestures to the crowd next to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin prior to the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ivanka Trump attend the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) Ceremony at the State Department in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Ivanka Trump and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde attend the Women?s Entrepreneurship Finance event during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga (L) speaks with Ivanka Trump as tech company leaders gather at a summit of the American Technology Council at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S. June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Ivanka Trump prays as she touches the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Heidi Levine/Pool
Assistant to the president Ivanka Trump speaks during an event celebrating National Military Appreciation Month and National Military Spouse Appreciation Day at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, visits the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Sohn/Pool
White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump (L), flanked by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway (R), leads a listening session with military spouses at the White House in Washington, U.S. August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Ivanka Trump, advisor to the President, walks after a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, arrive in Morristown, New Jersey, on August 4, 2017. US President Donald Trump will spend a 17-day vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump steps from Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump talks with husband and fellow senior adviser Jared Kushner (C), and White House Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn prior to a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost in the September 11 attacks on the United States, at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Ivanka Trump with her husband Jared Kushner and their children arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend with President Donald Trump in Bedminster, September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Ivanka Trump speaks during a meeting on action to end modern slavery and human trafficking on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: Ivanka Trump (2nd L) arrives with her husband Jared Kushner (L) at an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump attended the event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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The couple is reportedly in Vermont for a family vacation, but Glenn Thrush of the New York Times reported on Tuesday that the president's eldest daughter and her husband-turned-White House senior adviser were pushing Trump to denounce the racial bigotry and hatred present on Saturday more fervently.
Per sources: Ivanka/Jared among those pushing Trump to more forcefully denounce neo-Nazis, KKK and white nationalists over the weekend...
Where Trump's flip-flop on tone in sounding off on America's history and present struggle with white nationalism and racial hatred is concerned, perhaps Kushner and Ivanka Trump could have done little to sway his ad-libbed moment during a Trump Tower press conference on infrastructure. What is notable, though, is how Jared and Ivanka's vacation plans sync with major moments of Trump's presidency to date.
Even on Sunday, when President Trump called hate groups by name, Democratic lawmakers and progressive thought leaders felt the denunciation was "too little, too late." The switch in tone from Sunday to Tuesday, though, again flipped the news cycle on its head -- forcing the White House to issue a memo on how the GOP should structure their message in saying Trump was "entirely correct" in his remarks on Charlottesville.
An inability to unify party and president in a message on fundamental issues like racism, freedom of speech and the presence of Nazis in modern America could mean trouble for Trump -- and Jared Kushner and Ivanka.
With unprecedented Oval Office "walk-in privileges" and reverence from the president great enough to put Ivanka in her father's place for a moment at the G-20 summit, the couple's sway with the commander in chief has been a subject of controversy since the 2016 Republican presidential candidate was sworn into office last January.
Reports in the early weeks of Trump's presidency detailed that Kushner and Ivanka Trump may have been instrumental in derailing a draft executive order meant to roll back LGBT protections in the workplace. Skilled in diplomacy, the couple was also eyed by China back in February as a pathway to reconciliation between the U.S. and eastern nation. Despite his reportedly being called a "globalist" behind his back by Steve Bannon, Kushner has received warm White House praise from Trump on his role in spearheading Middle East peace talks.
Alongside newly-named interim White House communications director Hope Hicks, whether Jared and Ivanka will play a role in steering the ship in presidential messaging upon their return from vacation remains to be seen.