The Trump family — and the president’s oldest son, Don Jr., in particular — was angry about the overwhelmingly negative TV coverage about #Jared Kushner last night, and feels White House Chief of Staff Kelly is hanging Jared out to dry, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios.
Why it matters: Over the past few weeks I’ve found fewer people internally willing to defend Jared. Politically, I’ve never seen him so exposed.Javanka and Kelly are locked in a death match. Two enter. Only one survives.— A White House official
How the battle played out publicly … “Kelly downgraded Jared Kushner’s security clearance [last Friday] from ‘Interim Top Secret’ to ‘Interim Secret,'” per Axios’ Alexi McCammond:
- Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said Kushner’s work won’t be affected.
- Why it matters, per N.Y. Times: “[H]is official portfolio inside the West Wing, especially with regard to his globe-trotting foreign affairs work on behalf of President Trump, is expected to be sharply reduced.”