Reports surfaced on Thursday suggesting that President Donald Trump is considering hiring his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as the next White House Chief of Staff. Kushner currently serves as a senior White House Advisor. A replacement is required for outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly, who is slated to leave the White House in January.
Kushner’s influence with his father-in-law and in the administration is well-known. He’s been tasked as an unofficial representative for the United States on numerous diplomatic issues, such as dealing with Saudi Arabia and Mexico. He had been described as a significant figure on the Trump campaign, and married Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka in 2009. Figures within the campaign have described Kushner as a figure who was instrumental in instilling a sense of order and organization in the Trump campaign after the New York businessman secured the Republican nomination in the spring of 2016.
However, some supporters of the ‘MAGA’ ideal were less than thrilled to see Kushner floated as a possibility for the powerful White House position. Concerns remain in President Trump’s core base of supporters about Kushner’s positions on immigration, and his ongoing support of criminal justice reform legislation that could result in thousands of criminals being released from incarceration.
He’s also had a few notable feuds with political figures such as former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Kushner may have played a role in pushing Christie out of the Trump transition team after the Presidential election; the two have had a colored history, as Christie played a role in a criminal prosecution of Kushner’s father for fraud as a U.S attorney in the mid 2000’s.
It was briefly considered a possibility that conservative congressman Mark Meadows would fill the role of Chief of Staff, but upon further consideration he decided that he was best suited to advance President Trump’s American nationalist policy priorities within his current role as a member of Congress.
President Donald Trump Pledges to Nominate A Woman as Next Supreme Court Justice
It’s going to be a woman.
President Trump revealed that he plans to nominate a woman as his next Supreme Court nominee during a rally on Saturday in North Carolina. The nominee, if confirmed, would replace longtime progressive judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who passed away on Friday.
Reports indicate that President Trump plans to announce the identity of a SCOTUS nominee on either Monday or Tuesday. He suggested as such during his North Carolina rally, confirming that the nominee would be a woman. The crowd could be heard chanting “fill that seat,” indicative of the strong desire among conservatives for President Trump to exercise his constitutional duties and advance a nominee.
TRUMP: "I will be putting forth the nominee next week.
It will be a woman!"
A modern day Deborah! pic.twitter.com/qMtIjYKyDW
— Praying Actress (@PrayingActress) September 19, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are considered to be strong candidates to fill the nomination, with the former almost being picked in 2018 to fill the vacancy ultimately filled by Brett Kavanaugh. Barrett is reportedly considered a front-runner in the selection process.
President Trump also cited the constitutional basis for nominating a Supreme Court justice, pointing out that Article 2 of the Constitution placed the imperative upon him as President to do as such. Republicans control both the White House and the Senate, a crucial difference from the divided government of 2016 when President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland was blocked by the Senate.
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) September 19, 2020
Democrats are guaranteed to fight furiously to block the confirmation of any Supreme Court nominee advanced by President Trump, with Chuck Schumer himself saying that he wouldn’t accept the possibility of any new justices while Trump is in office, even if it’s during his second term.
Tentative confirmation proceedings, which will occur in the midst of the Presidential election, have the chance to make Brett Kavanaugh’s wild confirmation process look like a gingerly walk in the park.
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