'Not a coincidence' that Trump controversies come while Kushner observing Shabbat,
It is “not a coincidence” that some of President Trump’s most controversial moments came when two of his closest advisers were observing the Shabbat, according to a report.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are seen as a moderating force on the commander-in-chief’s policies, though Vanity Fairreports that he has been out of the loop in critical phases.
The magazine wrote that Kushner and Ivanka, who are Orthodox Jews, do not work or use technology from sundown on Fridays to sundown on Saturdays, which is when Trump complained about reports of his inauguration crowd size.
“He wasn’t rolling calls on Saturday when this happened,” an unidentified source said. “To me, that’s not a coincidence.”
Beyond that Saturday, chaos surrounding Trump’s travel ban, believed to have been pushed by nationalist-leaning adviser Steve Bannon, also occurred during Shabbat.
Bannon's influence is seen as growing in the administration's first weeks, and the former Breitbart editor has been given a seat on the National Security Council.
This Saturday also saw the White House release a statement on the Holocaust that did not specifically mention Jews, which gained national attention despite officials' claims that it was being blown out of proportion.
Going back to July 2015, one of Trump’s first controversial campaign statements, saying that Sen. John McCain was “not a war hero” because he was captured.
The Sundays after each of those Saturdays saw Trump’s team more under control.
Trump followed the McCain statements by pointing out that he did call the senator a war hero in the same interview, and White House officials tried to clarify the executive orders this past Sunday.