Rumors are swirling that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is about to be forced out of Donald Trump’s administration. Now, it appears that another member of Trump’s White House is also on the chopping block, and it’s someone that nobody was expecting.
Daily Mail reported that sources are saying that many staff changes are coming as Trump’s first year in office comes to an end, with top economic adviser Gary Cohn and son-in-law Jared Kushner being among those who depart. Anonymous sources say that Cohn, who has had a tense relationship with Trump at times, has contemplated leaving once the Republican effort to overhaul the U.S. tax system is completed in Congress.
Another source said that Kushner, who has been getting less and less power in the White House, may receive a “face-saving” exit as he is hit with legal challenges related to a special counsel’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign’s potential ties to Russia.
“This is pure speculation,” said White House spokesman Raj Shah in a statement about these moves.
“It may be February, it may be March, it may be April, but I think once you get to that time period, people are going to feel as though they’ve kind of put their time in,” said one person close to the White House.
“You’re definitely going to see some people leave after tax cuts get done,” added another Trump advisor.
Cohn ’s position in the White House has been in jeopardy since he publicly questioned Trump ’s response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia in August. Their relationship has improved since then, however, with one source saying that he could stay longer to help spearhead legislation to improve U.S. infrastructure.
“I’d go a little bit against conventional wisdom here and say he’s got one more project to get under his belt before he leaves,” said the source, referring to infrastructure.
Daily Mail continue:
More junior-level advisers could also use the completion of Trump’s first year and tax legislation as a pivot point to move on, leading to another period of uncertainty that has at times overshadowed Trump’s tenure, which began on Jan. 20.
Things change quickly at the Trump White House. Advisers and Cabinet members who fall out of favor with the president can re-enter his good graces, making it hard to predict staff moves. But shifts in personnel are watched around the world for indications of how Trump will tackle issues ranging from North Korea to regulatory policy.
‘It may be February, it may be March, it may be April, but I think once you get to that time period, people are going to feel as though they’ve kind of put their time in,’ said one person with close ties to the White House.
‘You´re definitely going to see some people leave after tax cuts get done,‘ said a separate Trump adviser, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the administration.
Trump is considering a plan to oust Tillerson, whose relationship has been strained by the top U.S. diplomat’s softer line on North Korea and other differences, senior administration officials said. A State Department spokeswoman said Tillerson’s chief of staff had been told by the White House that the reports of Tillerson being replaced were not true.
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