Ivanka Trump hasn’t exactly been having a strong go of it lately. She gave a really bad answer to a reporter who asked her about her father’s sexual assault scandals. The reception she received at the Olympic closing ceremonies was mixed at best. But now, today, everything has officially fallen apart for Ivanka, because her father just dumped her husband under the proverbial bus, in a manner which is about to turn very ugly for the Trump family very quickly.
After weeks of hemming and hawing about it, Trump sat on his hands today as John Kelly officially revoked Jared Kushner’s temporary security clearance. By all accounts, Kushner has spent every day lapping up top secret classified information like a thirsty dog, for as long as he’s been in the White House. That’s now been taken away from him, and because he has no actual job functions beyond snooping through classified intel, he now has no reason to be in the White House at all. It gets worse.
Just hours after Kushner’s security clearance was revoked, the Washington Post dropped an article revealing just how many foreign nations consider Kushner to be compromised. The timing strongly suggests that the story was planted by the White House itself in order to help finish Kushner off. Even if someone like Kelly was behind the story, Trump surely had to have signed off on the stunt. So now we’ve got Trump not only throwing Kushner under the bus, but then pushing the bus toward him. So what does this have to do with Ivanka?
Well, everything. Ivanka Trump’s father and husband are now engaging in the kind of mutual self destruction that we all expected they eventually would, once things got dire enough. Trump’s actions suggest that he believes Kushner is going to cut a plea deal against him, and there’s no longer any way to stop it. And if Kushner wasn’t already planning to cut a deal, today’s developments may have helped make that a reality. This is only going to get uglier for Donald, Jared and Ivanka by the day.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report