John Kelly promotes Kushner ally for key deputy role

Chris Liddell
Chris Liddell (L) talks with Gary Cohn. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has named Christopher Liddell, a Jared Kushner ally who ran the Office of American Innovation, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination. Politico first reported the news.

What I'm hearing: Two White House officials told me they interpret this move as a signal that Kelly is trying to soothe tensions with Kushner and make this fraught arrangement work for the long haul. But I have not confirmed whether Kelly himself was thinking about this when he made the decision to promote Liddell.