President Donald Trump’s tenure in office has reportedly been a rocky time for daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, whom one family insider has said are “in a world of s**t.”
“He may seem cool, but he’s sweating, and she’s like her father," a source close to the family told Vanity Fair in a new story looking back at the couple's first year in D.C. "She’ll never acknowledge it and [will] blame the media. But she’s been working on her reputation forever, and now it’s going to suffer horrifically. And for what?”
As the piece points out, their initial ascent in Washington was marked by a hope that they would provide a moderating perspective within the administration, but they have since been dogged by a lack of big victories, constant criticisms, and legal woes.
Ivanka and her children
Ivanka and her children
NEW YORK NY - OCTOBER 18: Ivanka Trump (R) with daughter Arabella Rose Kushner sighting on October 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
Baby Theodore. My heart is full 💙 #grateful
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner with Arabella Kushner attend the Born Free Africa Mother's Day Family Carnival at Hudson River Park Pier 45 on May 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump walks with her children Arabella and Theodore as they board Air Force One to depart West Palm Beach, Florida U.S. February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
US President Donald Trump walks with grandchildren Arabella Kushner (L) and Joseph Kushner to board Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House on February 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Ivanka Trump, Arabella Rose Kushner and Joseph Frederick Kushner are seen in Midtown on January 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
Joseph Kushner, grandson of US President Donald Trump, looks out of an Oval Office window before boarding Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House on February 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
This boy is pure sunshine. ☀️
Joseph Kushner, holding a toy Marine One, walks with his grandfather, US President Donald Trump, as they make their way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on March 3, 2017.
Trump is heading to Orlando, Florida to visit a Catholic school and then on to Palm Beach, Florida. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN / ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK NY - OCTOBER 18: Ivanka Trump and son Joseph Frederick Kushner sighting on October 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
Smooches from baby Theodore. 😘 #Latergram
While I was getting ready, Joseph helped to prep dinner (but not before having me smell all the herbs!). Check out more from my night on @people_style online now! #MetGala #MomLife
Theodore caught contemplating if he'll be able to eat his body weight in birthday cake. (Postscript: he came insanely close 🎂🍼🎈🎂 #babymath #1stbirthday #cousindate
#TBT to the #MetGala. Joseph has become quite the little gentleman. It's become a family tradition for him to escort me to the car and see us off. #ManusXMachina
Quality snuggle time with this sweetheart before heading in to the office. ❤️
My baby boy is two months old, can you believe it?! Little Theodore was only eight days old in this photo. 💙
🍼 for Theodore and ☕️ for me...Starting the day off right!
NEW YORK - JANUARY 12: Ivanka Trump seen out with her son Joseph Frederick Kushner in Manhattan on January 12, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
I asked Arabella to smile 😃 and this is what I get. She is such a goofball!
So proud of my amazing siblings @donaldjtrumpjr @erictrump & @tiffanytrump. Great work! #RNC #RNCinCLE
There are few things better than spending a hot summer evening in the garden with these next gen green thumbs!
Ivanka Trump looks at her daughter Arabella as US President Donald Trump meets with parents and teachers at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida, on March 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Birthday tradition: Spaghetti lunch-date!🍝
Delicious breakfast courtesy of Arabella!
Home Sweet Home! Nothing better than returning to these 3 little 🐒's!
Ivanka Trump (L) places a sticker on the jacket of her daughter Arabella Rose Kushner watched by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (2nd R) and his wife Melania after voting at a polling station in a school during the 2016 presidential elections on November 8, 2016 in New York. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 05: Ivanka Trump and Arabella Rose Kushner attend the 2014 Trump Invitational Grand Prix at The Mar-a-Lago Club on January 5, 2014 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for 2014 Trump Invitational Grand Prix)
A sweet behind-the-scenes moment with baby Theodore during my @HarpersBazaarUS shoot.
Baby it's cold outside!
There were so many incredible milestones this past weekend -- including one for baby Theodore who crawled for the very first time in the White House!
Exploring the wonders of the @smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 🦋
Making some new friends in DC! 🐘
Birthday tradition! #noodlesforlonglife🍝
The best moment of the day!
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In fact, Ivanka has spoken about the backlash she has experienced.
“Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me,” she told the Financial Times in September. “That my presence in and of itself would carry so much weight with my father that he would abandon his core values and the agenda that the American people voted for when they elected him…It’s not going to happen.”
Her father has since defended her, saying earlier this month that “Ivanka has been treated very unfairly.”
Ivanka and Jared’s path into politics has also reportedly affected many of their prior relationships.
Kushner appears to have even cut ties with some friends who expressed their dismay about the election. He told Forbes late last year, “I call it an exfoliation. Anyone who was willing to change a friendship or not do business because of who somebody supports in politics is not somebody who has a lot of character.”
But an earlier Vanity Fair piece from October suggested he and Ivanka may be the ones getting snubbed by the D.C. elite and their former New York associates.
Despite the challenges both of their brands have faced since joining the administration, and the Russia investigation which looms over Kushner, they are reportedly continuing to work on key issues like child tax credits and others.