One of President Donald Trump’s most influential and powerful advisors is a member of his own family. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner was put at the helm of the new White House Office of American Innovation, and designated to work on criminal justice reform and other crucial tasks, but now Trump has apparently discovered a shocking secret about his daughter’s husband: He’s completely incompetent!
“[President Trump’s] own mood, according to two advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, has become sour and dark, and he has turned against most of his aides — even his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — describing them in a fury as “incompetent,” according to one of those advisers,” a New York Times report claims.
Trump has been accused of nepotism for giving his son-in-law in so many important roles inside the White House, but that may be changing quickly. As Trump’s approval rating continues to dip, a serious shake-up may be on the horizon. Names rumored for the chopping block include Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, counsel Don McGahn, and press secretary Sean Spicer. With Trump’s ire now focused toward Kushner, his name may be next on the list.
After releasing FBI Director James Comey, Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russians is headline news once again. Despite no clear evidence of any wrongdoing, Democrats and even some Republicans are demanding an independent investigation and even calling for impeachment in certain cases.
There is one apparent way that Trump can divert attention from these calls: by making more heads roll. The mandate is already there to make serious changes to his administration.
“There need to be serious changes at the White House, immediately,” Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA) said as reported by the Times. Similarly, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Trump to operate with “less drama” and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) urged the Trump administration to “come to grips with all that’s happening.”
Kushner, a frequent source of derision from both political parties, may emerge as the perfect scapegoat for Trump to throw under the bus during this tenuous time of his Presidency.