Palace intrigue has set in at the Donald Trump camp, as the Republican president-elect’s campaign aides and surrogates scramble for position in the next administration. Among the chatter is the rumor that son-in-law Jared Kushner could be the new White House chief of staff.
According to Politico, while Trump met with Barack Obama in the Oval Office, the president’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, was spotted chatting and walking with Kushner on the South Lawn of the White House.
Kushner, married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, has loomed as an eminence grise over the Republican leader’s campaign, pushing his father-in-law to run a more disciplined operation and to dismiss some advisers.
He is the son of wealthy real estate developer Charles Kushner and the owner of the New York Observer. He and his wife have three children, and the family keeps shomer shabbos. Throughout the campaign, some have criticized him for being so closely associated with a candidate who has indulged in anti-Semitic rhetorical tropes.
Other possible choices for chief of staff include Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
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