Javanka – Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump – are at an all-time low when it comes to influence, power and public relations. Granted, they never had that much actual power to begin with. It was all a glossy illusion, the plastic facade, the fascistic baby whispers, the fact that Jared seems to actually be an utter moron. The worm turned on Javanka within weeks of the inauguration, honestly. But over the past few months especially, it’s gotten really bad for them. There are near constant headlines about how they’re worthless and despised within the White House. Republican leaders don’t give a sh-t about Ivanka’s stupid “drop-bys” during her father’s meetings. And even Ivanka is desperate to lower expectations about what, exactly, she does as senior advisor to the president. Like, people want her to “influence” her father now? SHOCKING. Anyway, Axios has a story about how Javanka are probably not long for the White House. Then just pack up your private email accounts and go!
With increasing legal and practical questions about their presence in the West Wing, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are trying to remain viable by shrinking their purview and making more of an effort to “stay in their lane,” associates tell us.
Why it matters: Both are formal White House officials, and their presence creates periodic confusion and resentment — for some, a reminder of why nepotism isn’t a good idea. White House Counsel Don McGahn has vented to friends about the complications of having the couple in-house. Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, reported to clients after the UN General Assembly that he had heard from three separate international sources that on-thin-ice SecState Rex Tillerson has taken to calling them “the royal family.” Kushner was interviewed on Capitol Hill about his Russia contacts during the campaign, and was involved in many of the matters that special counsel Bob Mueller is probing. Kushner supported the firing of FBI Director Jim Comey, seen by many Trump allies as a disastrous decision.
The couple’s friends say they expect them to stay for now, although they never planned to stay all four years. Both see themselves as under constant attack, as a way to get at the president. In the chaotic early days of the administration, “Javanka” — as Steve Bannon derisively called them — were involved in almost everything, from personnel to presidential statements. But now — with the departures of Bannon and Reince Priebus, and the stricter processes put in place by the new chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly — colleagues say they are sticking more closely to their formal portfolios.
Under Kelly, “they understand now that they don’t have to take on those responsibilities,” a colleague said. “Now there are proper channels, and they’re just doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”
Be smart: As Mueller begins interviewing White House staff and the West Wing becomes increasingly consumed with what he’s going to decide, New York may start to look tempting to the couple. One possible exit strategy: Trump, who has called Ivanka “Honey” and “Baby” in public and is protective of her internally, could say she has paid too high a price for him, and should return to her own life.
Ha, it would be fitting if Javanka left town because Donald Trump wanted everything perfect for his precious Ivanka. Like, Trump honestly feels sorry for Ivanka. He doesn’t feel sorry for anyone other than himself… and Ivanka. Poor Ivanka, having to deal with so much criticism. Poor precious princess, having to “work” and “be accountable” to people other than her daddy. Trump feels sorrier for Ivanka than he does for Puerto Ricans, that is clear. As for Javanka “staying in their lane”… my guess is that General Kelly has basically ordered both of them to stop sticking their noses into everything and trying to “participate.” Plus, it feels certain that Jared is one of the big targets of Mueller’s investigation, correct?
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