Trump reportedly wants Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump out of the White House — and John Kelly may be the one to give them the boot

  • President Donald Trump has reportedly grown frustrated at his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter. Ivanka, both of whom work as senior advisers in the White House.
  • Though Trump reportedly told the two to keep serving, he privately asked White House chief of staff John Kelly for help to remove them, according to aides cited by The New York Times.
  • The two are believed to be locked in a power struggle with Kelly, who has also grown frustrated with them.


President Donald Trump has reportedly grown frustrated with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his daughter Ivanka, according to a New York Times report published Thursday.

The two senior advisers have also been on White House chief of staff John Kelly's radar, who has been trying to establish and maintain order in an otherwise chaotic West Wing.

According to two people close to Trump, he was particularly frustrated with Kushner, who was the subject of a series of negative headlines in recent days — from a possible violation of the Hatch Act, to a report that indicated four countries had sought to exploit his weaknesses. Trump's views on Kushner ranged from regretful to annoyed, The Times reported.

Ivanka was not spared from Trump's ire, according to the newspaper. But despite telling the two to continue their jobs, aides said Trump privately asked Kelly for help to move them out.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump and Lauren Gibbs attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump attends the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, advisor to and daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump reacts as Kim Jung-sook, wife of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, waves from the stands. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump reacts. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Ivanka Trump (C), advisor to and daughter of US President Donald Trump, arrives with White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders (L), at Incheon International Airport in Incheon on February 23, 2018, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 25. Trump's daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ahn Young-joon (Photo credit should read AHN YOUNG-JOON/AFP/Getty Images)
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump sits in the stands. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Ivanka Trump (L), advisor to and daughter of US President Donald Trump, arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon on February 23, 2018, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 25. Trump's daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ahn Young-joon (Photo credit should read AHN YOUNG-JOON/AFP/Getty Images)
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump waves from the stands. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump sits in the stands with Kim Jung-sook, wife of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - A South Korean athlete takes a selfie with U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump waves from the stands. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
South Korean President Moon Jae-In shakes hands with Ivanka Trump during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Min-Hee/Pool
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) IOC executive board member Angela Ruggiero, Ivanka Trump and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook attend the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
ALPENSIA, Pyeongchang- FEBRUARY 23 - Ivanka Trump reacts to a jump by American Snowboarder Chris Corning at Men's Big Air competition at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Alpensia in Pyeongchang in South Korea. February 23, 2018. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump attends the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Pyeongchang, Gangwon - FEBRUARY 24 : Pyeongchang, Gangwon - FEBRUARY 24 : Ivanka Trump reacts as she watches U.S.A's Kyle Mack compete in the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final with White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders; IOC executive board member Angela Ruggiero on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. February 24, 2018 (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: In this handout image provided by the South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) talks with Ivanka Trump (L) during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on February 23, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and to meet South Korean President Moon. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images)
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, and Kim Yong Chol of the North Korea delegation attend the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Ivanka Trump (L to R), U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Yong Chol of the North Korea delegation attend the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump after the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Patrick Semansky/Pool
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump during the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Patrick Semansky/Pool
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump during the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Patrick Semansky/Pool
TOPSHOT - US President's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in as they attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Patrick Semansky (Photo credit should read PATRICK SEMANSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25, 2018: South Korea's President Moon Jae-in with his wife Kim Jung-sook, and US Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump (L-R) attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump is seen at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump poses for a selfie with Lauren Gibbs as they attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump watches the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump holds the silver medal of US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (not pictured) before the ski jump tower, at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump is seen at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump poses for a photo on a balcony of the VIP tent at the Olympic sliding centre, before the before the ski jump tower, during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kelly is also believed to be frustrated with Ivanka, whose recent diplomatic trip to South Korea during the Winter Olympics drew criticism. As a former Marine general who aimed to instill a military-like structure in the White House, Kelly reportedly found himself at odds with the freewheeling access Ivanka had with her father.

The feelings appear to be mutual, as the president's daughter was reportedly preparing for a "death match" against Kelly. A White House official familiar with the situation said that after an avalanche of unflattering news coverage about Kushner, members of Trump's family felt Kelly had inadequately shielded them.

"Javanka and Kelly are locked in a death match," the source, referring to a nickname for Kushner and Ivanka, said in an Axios report on Friday. "Two enter. Only one survives."

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(FromL) Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and Tiffany Trump smile as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Trump stunned America and the world Wednesday, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner are seen walking in Midtown on January 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
Ivanka Trump (L) and husband Jared Kushner are seen 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)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump, walks through the lobby of Trump Tower with his wife Ivanka on November 18, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump seen at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Team GT/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are seen on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Team GT/GC Images)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attends the 9th Annual Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 21, 2015 in Briarcliff Manor City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 9th Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational Auction & Dinner at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 21, 2015 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair Party held at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 14, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attends the 8th Annual Eric Trump Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 15, 2014 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are seen on February 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by XPX/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are seen on the streets of New York�on September 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the Turkish Society Annual Dinner Gala at The Plaza Hotel on October 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner attending the 98th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend Ivanka Trump's Fine Jewelry Boutique opening at on December 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the Vanity Fair Party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 8th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at the Skylight SOHO on November 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 2011 New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on September 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Binn/WireImage)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attends the 5th annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 13, 2011 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Ivanka Trump (R) and Jared Kushner attend the Cinema Society with Ivanka Trump Jewelry & Diane Von Furstenberg screening of 'Snow Flower And The Secret Fan' at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on July 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Ivanka Trump (R) and husband Jared Kushner attend the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 9, 2011 in New York City.
Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the 2010 Library Lions Benefit at The New York Public Library on November 1, 2010 in New York City.
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner attend the 4th annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 14, 2010 in Briarcliff Manor, New York.
NEW YORK - JUNE 27: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend the 3rd annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island on June 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2010 Costume Institute Ball at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/WireImage for Vogue)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner attend Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
BEDMINSTER, NJ - OCTOBER, 25: In this handout image provided by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump (R) and Jared Kushner (L) attend their wedding at Trump National Golf Club on October 25, 2009 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo Brian Marcus/Fred Marcus Photography via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MARCH 13: vanka Trump (in Elie Saab and Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry) and Jared Kushner attend The Young Fellows of The Frick Collection, with ELIE SAAB and IVANKA TRUMP Fine Jewelry present a gala 'Un Ballo in Maschera' at The Frick Collection on March 13, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by DAVID X PRUTTING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - AUGUST 23: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend Men's Vogue Dinner in Honor of Roger Federer at Wakiya on August 23, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MARCH 11: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend NEW YORK CITY POLICE FOUNDATION 30th Annual Gala at Waldorf Astoria on March 11, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by NEIL RASMUS/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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