The Wall Street Journal called on President Trump‘s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, on Friday to consider leaving their White House jobs, calling them a “political liability” in an already turbulent administration.
“Hiring family for high-profile jobs is always high political risk,” the paper’s historically conservative editorial board wrote. “Their loyalty can be an asset, but they inevitably become high-profile political targets. Above all they are hard to fire even when they become liabilities.”
Kushner, who has been tapped by the president to help lead negotiations between Israel and Palestine and other key foreign policy matters, could be handicapped by his recent loss of a top secret clearance, the editorial board said.
The president’s son-in-law lost his clearance amid heightened scrutiny over temporary security clearances, for which the Journal praised chief of staff John Kelly for not showing favoritism by sparing Kushner. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that at least four foreign governments had discussed using Kushner’s business interests to exploit him.
“He also won’t be able to see the President’s daily intelligence briefing. While Mr. Kushner has other policy portfolios, such as prison reform, his value as a formal White House adviser will be diminished,” the editorial board noted.
The couple, who has remained in the White House as unpaid advisers since Trump took office, could have a more valuable role as outside confidants, the paper suggested, noting Ivanka’s “admirable performance” as part of the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea last week.
“Mr. Kushner and Ivanka have to decide if they’d serve themselves and the President better by walking away from their formal White House roles,” the paper concluded.
BY JOSH DELK – 03/02/18 10:25 AM EST