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Report: Trump Re-Thinking Family Roles at White House

President Trump is privately wondering whether having his family members serve in the White House causes too much of a distraction for his administration, according to a new report.

On Friday, Politico reported that Trump has been quietly speaking to other administration officials as he reconsiders the jobs of White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

“Baby, you’re getting killed, this is a bad deal,” Trump told Ivanka Trump in a room with other staffers after seeing criticism of his daughter’s role in the administration.Ivanka Trump got heavy criticism during last July’s G20 summit when she sat in for her father at a meeting with world leaders. Trump defended his daughter on Twitter, arguing that the same standard would not be in place for Hillary Clinton‘s daughter Chelsea Clinton.

“When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!” Trump tweeted back in July. “If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother, as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!”

Kushner, however, is caught up in a different controversy. The senior White House aide is part of a special counsel investigation into the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia over a meeting he was at in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who had promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Although Politico reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been upset with Kushner’s role at the White House, Kelly responded to the story in a statement given to Politico, saying, “Jared is a valued member of the White House staff.”

White House lawyers advised Trump to have Kushner quit earlier in the summer over the probe, fearing possible legal complications. The legal team went as far as to draft a statement explaining why he left, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The statement, which would have been given by Kushner, blamed a toxic political environment for making Kushner’s meeting with the lawyer into a political attack on Trump.

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