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  • A report from The New York Times detailed senior White
    House adviser Jared Kushner’s tense relationship with his
    father-in-law, President Donald Trump.
  • According to five sources cited by the Times, Trump
    reportedly joked he “could have had Tom Brady” as a son-in-law,
    but “instead, I got Jared Kushner.”
  • Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, the president’s
    eldest daughter, have been controversial figures in the
    administration. 

A report from The New York Times
detailed senior White House adviser Jared Kushner’s sometimes
tense relationship with his father-in-law, President Donald
Trump.

Five sources told the Times they heard Trump joke several times
that he “could have had Tom Brady” as a son-in-law. “Instead, I
got Jared Kushner.”

Trump’s first wife Ivana has claimed the president tried to
get Brady and his eldest daughter, Ivanka to date, but Ivanka
“wasn’t into it.”

The New England Patriots quarterback has called the president
a good friend” and said during
his campaign it “would be great” if Trump became president, but
walked back his apparent support after backlash over the
comments. 

Kushner wed Ivanka in
2009 and was involved in Trump’s 2016 campaign and transition
team. 

Trump reportedly relied on Jared during the campaign, but grew to
dislike and distrust him through his first year in office. But
despite the high turnover rate in the
White House, Kushner remains a senior adviser.

His contact with figures from Qatar, Russia, China, Turkey, and
the United Arab Emirates drew attention to him in special counsel
Robert Mueller’s investigation into foreign involvement in the
2016 election.

Kushner is an Orthodox Jew whose family has ties to Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but has led the administration’s
Middle East policy despite his limited access to top information
and lack of any prior diplomatic or political experience, showing
Trump’s reliance on family over appointed advisers.

The couple reemerged in May to open a controversial US
embassy
in Jerusalem, nearly a month after Kushner’s
top-secret security clearance was
downgraded.

Despite some time under the radar and various reported tangles
with several current and former administration officials, it
appears Kushner and Ivanka Trump remain committed to serving the
president in their White House roles.

“I have greatly enjoyed working collaboratively with so many
extraordinarily devoted and competent people,” Kushner told the
Times through a spokesman before the article was published. “But
those who have tried to undermine the president have found me to
be an obstacle.”

Ivanka Trump’s fashion line announced last week it was shutting down “ASAP” and she
released a statement describing a growing commitment to her work
in Washington.

“After 17 months in Washington, I do not know when or if I will
ever return to the business, but I do know that my focus for the
foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in
Washington,” Trump said in a statement. “So making this decision
now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners.”

Though the couple hasn’t announced political aspirations beyond
Trump’s administration, according to Michael Wolff’s 2018 book
“Fire and Fury,” Ivanka and Kushner
reportedly made a deal
that if either of them had the
opportunity to run for president, it would be Ivanka.

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