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“He [Trump] will never give up his children as advisors, because he views them as extensions of himself; consequently, they’re the only people he trusts. (As Garry Wills astutely noted before the election, Trump literally has no friends.)”
—Dan Rottenberg in Broad Street Review, January 24, 2017.
“Since I wrote those words, Trump has bid farewell to such supposedly trusted advisors as Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, H.R. McMaster, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, Scott Pruitt, Hope Hicks, Rob Porter, Dina Powell, Tom Price, Sebastian Gorka, and Mike Dubke. But Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric, and of course Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner remain in their respective advisory positions.”
—Dan Rottenberg in Broad Street Review, July 24, 2018.
“After 18 months of bruising internal White House conflicts and bitter criticism that they have failed to be a moderating influence on the president, both Mr. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, are still in Washington and still working as aides to Mr. Trump. They are as comfortable— and as close to the center of the president’s orbit— as they have ever been."
—New York Times, front page, July 29, 2018.
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