Ivanka Trump may not last in Washington, D.C., according to new reports. The first daughter, who works as Donald Trump’s personal adviser, is allegedly “unhappy” with how things are going and may return to private life in New York City.
Ivanka accepted an unpaid position in her father’s administration as his personal adviser while her husband, Jared Kushner, serves as Trump’s senior adviser. Kushner is squarely in the middle of an FBI investigation involving his communications with Russian operatives. As Donald Trump returns from his first foreign trip abroad, many scandals face his administration, and he could lose Ivanka as one of his top staff members if things don’t change for the better. The way things are heading, it might get worse before it gets better.
Daily Mail reports that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner “will review every six months” whether to leave Washington, D.C. and move back to NYC. The two are renting a mansion in the Kalorama area of D.C., which leaves their options open to leave at any time in the event they choose to make Manhattan their home again.
Ivanka Trump is supposedly “not sold” on Washington life. A source told Politico that she and Kushner haven’t accomplished as much as they’d hoped in the time they’ve been there. Two associates claim Kushner is “unhappy” and “miserable” in his role for Trump. Most of that is due to the fact he hasn’t been able to make the changes that he’s wanted to under the president. He’s also disappointed with the internal dysfunction that has plagued Trump’s White House, but he hopes it’ll all pass.
“He’s still trying to tell people it will improve but he seems like he was trying to convince himself,” a source said.
Jared Kushner is a person of interest in the FBI’s investigation into his role in setting up communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians. U.S. authorities have reason to believe that Kushner proposed a back-channel communication between the campaign and the Kremlin around December 1. He had interacted with Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, requesting the covert communications set-up. Former CIA director and current White House counsel, Donald McGahn, explains that Kushner could be charged with espionage if investigators find enough damaging evidence against him.
Although Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are unhappy in Washington, D.C., they aren’t packing their bags quite yet. They don’t have a long-term commitment in D.C., but they’re not abandoning their roles with Trump. Kushner intends to power through all of the distractions in light of the FBI’s investigation, per CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Acosta tweeted late Saturday night that Kushner intends to fully cooperate with U.S. officials in their investigation.
“Kushner not going anywhere, I’m told. He’s keeping his head down to focus on work and is eager to cooperate with inquiries, source says,” Acosta tweeted.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 27, 2017
Ivanka Trump was honest in an interview with Gayle King about politics being a tough business in Washington, D.C. It’s unclear what aspirations she has in Washington or if she entertains the idea of running for president, but the first daughter has a clearer picture of how things run at this political level and it’s been a real eye-opener. The Trump family has learned a lot in the first five months of this relatively young presidency.
Will Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner eventually leave Washington and return to private life in New York City? Every six months the answer could change, but for the first review, it’s a definite maybe.
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