Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Tuesday that senior White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were “an influence that has to be dealt with.”
Kelly, who was brought in to bring order to the West Wing and served for about 18 months before stepping down late last year, reportedly butted heads with the president’s daughter and son-in-law.
“Was it complicated to have the president’s family in the government at the time?” David Rubenstein of Bloomberg TV’s The David Rubenstein Show asked Kelly at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas.
“They were an influence that has to be dealt with,” Kelly said, before adding, “by no means do I mean Mrs. Trump—the first lady’s a wonderful person.” Ivanka Trump and Kushner are the only other Trump family members with White House roles.
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