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West Wing advisers call Ivanka ‘Princess Royal’ 

Ivanka Trump is derisively referred to as ‘princess royal’ by White House aides while her husband, Jared Kushner, is mocked by Washington, DC insiders as a political neophyte in way over his head in a lengthy magazine profile which was published on Monday.

President Donald Trump’s daughter and her husband, who is also a senior White House adviser, are described as a couple that is star struck by their seemingly powerful titles yet completely oblivious as to how little influence they really have on policy, according to Vanity Fair.

The unflattering profile of the couple portrays them as ignorant in the ways of how government works while ‘lacking self-awareness’ in knowing how to behave with officials in Washington.

Kushner and Trump are also described as being unhappy in Washington, a town which ‘punctures their self-esteem on a daily basis’ while also mindful of the fact that their involvement with this president likely means they cannot return to the same Manhattan social circles which they frequented before the 2016 presidential campaign.

Ivanka Trump (seen right with her son Theodore James Kushner) is derisively referred to as ‘princess royal’ by White House aides while her husband, Jared Kushner (left), is mocked by  DC insiders as a political neophyte in way over his head in an article published on Monday

In its story, Vanity Fair cites a number of friends, acquaintances, and officials close to the couple.

The magazine notes that while President Trump is ’emotionally dependent’ on his daughter and son-in-law, they, in turn, are too weak and ineffectual to have any impact on actual policy.

While Ivanka Trump has spoken publicly about her support for the LGBT community, it did not prevent her father from announcing a ban on transgender personnel in the military.

Ivanka Trump is also reported to have urged her father to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change – to no avail.

President Trump announced that the U.S. would be pulling out of the deal.

Then there was Ivanka Trump’s failed attempt to get Planned Parenthood to stop offering abortions in exchange for her father’s agreement not to see its defunding.

The Republicans were eager to pass a health care law that would have essentially shut down Planned Parenthood.

Trump’s support for the health care law, which ultimately died in the Senate, led Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to criticize Ivanka.

The harsh backlash from liberals who saw Ivanka as a possible ally who could moderate her father’s policies was hurtful to her, according to Vanity Fair.

The magazine also notes that even supporters of President Trump are unhappy over the fact that Ivanka and Jared are clear beneficiaries of nepotism.

When Ivanka Trump briefly sat in her father’s chair at the G20 Summit in Hamburg next to the British prime minister and the president of China, an outcry erupted.

One former adviser to Trump also raised an eyebrow, saying: ‘Excuse me, this is not a royal family, and she’s not the princess royal.’

Ivanka Trump’s influence with her father and her White House role has led some aides in the West Wing to refer to her as ‘princess royal’ – but only behind her back.

The magazine also quotes ‘a longtime associate’ of the couple as saying that they view their time in Washington as ‘sacrificial.’

There is a growing sense among Washington insiders that Jared and Ivanka see the writing on the wall and that a move back to New York may be what is needed to salvage their reputations – before the White House becomes engulfed in even more chaos.

‘When they decide it’s more important to protect their own and their children’s reputations than it is to defend their indefensible father’s, that’s a sign the end is near,’ one prominent Republican donor told Vanity Fair.

Political insiders also say that one symptom of the Trump administration’s dysfunction is the influence wielded by Jared and Ivanka over West Wing personnel – even though they have little understanding over how Washington works.

‘There’s nothing more obstructive and distracting and unhelpful than to have a bunch of stupid apolitical family members calling all the shots,’ one former White House aide from a previous administration said.

Jared and Ivanka are also not shy about flashing a mean, vindictive streak at anyone who gets in their way.

Kushner has said that he would ‘exfoliate’ those in his life who did not support the work he did for his father-in-law.

He also said he did not ‘give a s***’ if people refused to do business with him after the harsh rhetoric of the election campaign that he helped run.

‘I haven’t had anything to do with them since they moved,’ said a New York-based former acquaintance of Kushner and Trump.

‘And it is because the day that man gave an inaugural speech, what am I going to say? ‘What the f*** is wrong with you?’

Ivanka, for her part, has been described as ‘cold’ to staffers who fall out of favor with her father.

‘She tries to charm you at first, and then there’ll be the cutting remark in front of her father,’ a former Trump adviser said.

Kushner is also described as territorial and someone not afraid to wield sharp elbows.

When former chief strategist Steve Bannon was receiving media attention for his role in helping Trump win the election, Kushner smeared him.

Kushner also told his father-in-law that former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was ‘weak’.

It was Jared and Ivanka that reportedly pushed to have Priebus fired.

Perhaps even most shocking is the suggestion – offered without any evidence so far – that Kushner was the one who leaked emails of Donald Trump Jr’s planned meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower during the election campaign a year ago.

There is suspicion among people close to the president that it was Kushner’s camp who leaked the emails to The New York Times.

Trump aides are ready to believe that Kushner is willing to sacrifice his brother-in-law if it means his own personal survival is at stake. 

While the couple may be under the impression that they wield clout on questions of policy, the unforgiving political establishment in Washington has an entirely different view.

‘What is off-putting about them is they do not grasp their essential irrelevance,’ said a Beltway veteran.

‘They think they are special.’