In an op-ed penned in The Washington Post, Joe Scarborough — host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” — argues that it is time for President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law to leave Washington D.C., and return to New York City.
“[T]he best thing they can do for their country is to move back to New York and let professionals run the White House,” Scarborough writes.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner both serve as senior advisers in the White House and both have appeared to wield a significant amount of influence over the decisions of the president.
As Scarborough notes, Ivanka sat in for her father for a time at the G-20 Summit of world leaders, and Kushner has been given a policy portfolio that includes everything from reworking government efficiency to finding peace in the Middle East.
However, now, the former Republican Congressman turned media personality argues, it is time for the two of them to suspend their service to Donald Trump’s political agenda. Scarborough writes:
Americans have seen enough headlines over the past six months to better understand why nepotism does not work in the White House. Though my words may suggest otherwise, I genuinely like Jared and Ivanka. I also love Joey, Andrew, Katherine and Jack Scarborough. But I wouldn’t let them run my morning show any more than Trump should let his children run roughshod over White House operations. Vice presidents, not daughters, should sit in G-20 summits. And a secretary of state should broker Middle East peace. Not an inexperienced 36-year-old son-in-law.
In his piece, Scarborough opines about the relationship he and his co-host Mika Brzezinski have had with the president’s children. He writes:
Long before their father’s election, the Trump children enjoyed a stellar reputation among most Manhattan influencers for being hard-working and well raised. They possessed few of the flaws too easily recognizable in other wealthy and well-connected kids.
Scarborough, who has had plenty of public feuds with the commander in chief, even opens up about genuinely human conversations he has had with the president about his children.
However, Scarborough now believes that it’s time for Jared and Ivanka to hang up their government service hats and return to their home in New York City. Scarborough cites a tweet from Ivanka about “serving alongside [newly appointed Chief of Staff] John Kelly.”
Scarborough says, “Kelly and White House insiders know that Ivanka Trump is as ill-prepared to face the brutish realities of Washington as her father. And tragically, neither seems to know what they do not know.”