Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were never elected to office and came to their jobs as White House senior advisers for President Donald Trump with zero experience in government service.
The couple now face increasing media and congressional scrutiny and federal investigations over their private business deals and conduct on the Trump presidential campaign, or in the White House.
But the two, described as dilettantes by departing Chief of Staff John Kelly, may have solidified control over White House operations, according to a New York Times report about Kelly.
“The view inside is that they are now ‘running the building,'” one of Donald Trump's allies told the New York Times. For some months, the couple “have been seen as maneuvering for greater control and influence around the president,” the Times added.
Their maneuvering didn't sit well with Kelly, and it's apparently one of the reasons he's decided to leave his job at the end of the month.
His departure was seen inside the White House as “as a coup” for Ivanka Trump and Kushner.
But Kelly's departure also is seen problematic for Donald Trump, who faces “the fight of his political life” over his uncertain prospects for re-election, the Russia investigation and threats from newly empowered House Democrats who promise tougher oversight of him and people in his administration, the Times said.
The president also was hit with more possible bad news. Nick Ayers, the top candidate to replace Kelly as chief of staff, turned down Trump's offer to come work for him. Ayers, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, said he, too, was leaving the administration at the end of the month.
Unlike service in the administrations of previous presidents, a stint in the Trump White House often leads to diminished public standing, thanks to a president who likes to insult departing staffers and Cabinet members on T witter, O'Brien argued, quoting another New York Times report.
Ivanka Trump, 37, is a one-time teen model and socialite whose prior professional experience mostly involved working with her father on his real estate, name licensing and reality TV endeavors, even when she started her eponymous fashion brand. Similarly, Kushner, also 37, pretty much always worked for his father's New York real estate company.
The couple repeatedly clashed with Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general who entered the White House in July 2017. Kelly was expected to impose order and respectability in a White House that was seen as dysfunctional and chaotic, the New York Times added.
Kelly, who according to Bob Woodward's tell-all book called Trump an “idiot” and referred to the White House as “Crazytown,” has long complained that Ivanka Trump and Kushner were “playing government,” according to the Times.