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Kushner's visibility in the West Wing diminishes

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

"[Ten] months after being given free rein to tackle everything from the federal government's outdated technology to peace in the Middle East, the do-whatever-you-want stage of Mr. Kushner's tenure is over," the New York Times reports.

Behind the scenes: Per the Washington Post's Ashley Parker, "Allies say Kushner's subtle shift into the background of the West Wing reflects his natural inclination to work hard and eschew the limelight, while his enemies gloat that it stems from a series of avoidable missteps that are the result of his political naivete.

  • "Few in the opening days of the Trump administration dared to challenge Mr. Kushner's power to design his job or steer the direction of the White House as he saw fit," per the Times.
  • Kushner used to have unfettered access to President Trump's Oval Office, but Chief of Staff John Kelly has reportedly scaled that back.
  • Trump told the Times: "Jared is working very hard on peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and the last thing I would ever do is get in the way of that possibility."
  • Kelly said to the Times: "There was honestly never a time when I contemplated getting rid of Jared and Ivanka," addressing reports that he discussed the possibility of Kushner and Ivanka leaving the West Wing by the end of the year.