Just read the Times' weekend story on "Javanka" (Trumpsky's elder daughter and her hubby Jared), and thought it insightful, as far as it went. But I want to tell you friends my reaction in a little detail. After all, somebody once said, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
So, for whatever it's worth, here's my wrap-up on the lengthy piece. The Terrible Twosome refused to talk directly to the Times, though they were told it was for a major piece. (Curiously, ol' Trumpsky has just done a long, supposedly off-the-record* interview with Times publisher, A.G. Sulzberger.)
I cannot resist quoting this curious insight: "Trump joked that he 'could have had Tom Brady' [quarterback of Boston's football team, who is reported elsewhere to privately support Trumpsky] as a son-in-law. "'Instead, [the Donald] said, according to five people who heard him, 'I got Jared Kushner.'"
The Times's take on Jared is pretty unkind -- not that he deserves better! Particularly given numerous media complaints in the past year that he has abused his position to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in Chinese financing to cover the Kushner firm's bad bets. (Oddly, it isn't mentioned in the Times article...)
"Mueller’s investigators [sic!] have not publicly cleared Mr. Kushner, and Mr. Kushner’s advisers issued misleading statements that indicated his clearance had been fully restored, when in fact he was still awaiting that status." Jared finally getting his damned FBI security clearance a few months ago -- he went most of Trumpsky's first year without one, reportedly for his egregious conflicts of interest -- will, I trust, not be the last he hears from Robert Mueller!
Among those who had some hope of getting Javanka's help was at least one Dem. “'I never counted on it, but they themselves promoted the idea that they would save us,' [sic!] said Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist who has been a vocal critic of the administration -- before ticking off a list of policies that Mr. Trump has sought to dismantle."
Citing one particular mess, "'separating immigrant families,' [Ms. Rosen] added,'How do they sleep at night?'"
Ivanka Also at Sea
Another contretemps was Ivanka's meet with Cecile Richards, then president of Planned Parenthood. "Ms. Trump was stung by Ms. Richards’s [published] account, and has told people close to her that Ms. Richards initiated the meeting and 'mischaracterized' the discussion 'for political and personal profit.'" Aw...
Perhaps the article's single sharpest insight into White House policymaking was to note that Javanka "regard Stephen Miller, a supporter of some of Mr. Trump’s harshest stands on immigration, as a walking policy encyclopedia" -- their supporting this loathsome toady is a hell of an indictment of all three of them.
"Their privileged permanence as family members has allowed them to outlast other aides in an environment where expectations have been shifted and, at times, lowered on their behalf."
[The issue of Palestine/Israel peace, which] "the president almost cavalierly assigned to Mr. Kushner at the outset of the administration, is still a quagmire as Mr. Trump’s pro-Israel policies have infuriated the Palestinians..."
The Middle East is merely "ONE of the bigger tasks, for which [Kushner] is out of his depth." That's about all they say about the Middle East, But, elsewhere on the globe, Trumpsky, "following his own preference, huddled with Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump instead of his top policy advisers before his meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un." We all might have guessed!
A Telling Relationship, or Two?
"Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, was one of several allies the couple asked to speak [to the Times -- sic!] on their behalf for this article." He merely allowed that they had carried the water for him sometimes. “They both have been dependable, valuable and effective partners for me and other members of the president’s cabinet.” Yeah, right!
Finally, of all people, Senator Susan Collins of Maine (who, in a few weeks, may be the key vote against Kavenaugh on his Supreme Court nomination) "found in Ms. Trump what many Republicans most desire: a direct line to a president sometimes at odds with his own party.
"... Ms. Trump has delivered one of the few things she can uniquely accomplish in Washington: Riding in a car together one day, she handed Ms. Collins a phone. The president was on the line." Yay, team!