President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner doesn’t think the White House is doing enough to defend a meeting he attended last year with a Kremlin-connected lawyer that was set up by Donald Trump Jr., six White House officials and outside advisers told Politico Thursday.
He has received pushback from members of the communications team, including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy press secretary, who think it doesn’t make sense for surrogates to defend a meeting they don’t know much about, the officials and advisers said. While they believe the outside legal team should be fielding questions on the meeting, Kushner disagrees, and says it’s a White House matter because Trump is now affected.
A person close to Kushner told Politico he does not have a strategy on how to respond, but does think the communications team should call reporters and give them story updates and there should be op-eds placed in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He’s also upset that surrogates have not received any talking points on the meeting. "Jared’s the guy who is rushing the front lines and other people are saying, ‘See, wait, hold, and let’s get a battle strategy,’" the friend told Politico. In a statement, the White House said Kushner never discussed the meeting with the communications team. Catherine Garcia
Solving the multi-generational conflict between Israel and Palestine is certainly complicated, but President Trump thinks there’s something even more complicated than that. "I’d say the only thing more difficult than peace between Israel and the Palestinians is health care," Trump said while speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday night.
Drawing comparisons is apparently the next step, now that Trump has finally figured out what "nobody knew": that health-care reform "could be so complicated." However, it’s hard to gauge exactly how difficult Trump actually thinks health-care reform is, considering in May he claimed that achieving peace between Israel and Palestine is "not as difficult as people have thought over the years."
Trump’s remarks about the impossibility of health care arrived one day before his party released a revised draft of its plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. If health-care reform is really more "difficult" than resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that doesn’t bode well for Senate Republicans’ health-care vote slated for next week. Becca Stanek