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Donald Trump 'upset' with Jared Kushner for 'vacationing' while health care bill struggled

News Agencies | Updated on: 25 March 2017, 12:54 IST

After facing major embarrassment by having to pull the heath care bill, it has emerged that President Donald Trump is upset with his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner for being notably absent during the crucial week.

Kushner, along with his wife Ivanka Trump, was skiing with his family in the posh Colorado town of Aspen, and was seen taking leisurely strolls, enjoying ice cream cones with their three kids and winding their way down the slopes.

Citing a source close to the president, CNN reports that 'Trump is upset that his son-in-law and senior adviser was not around during this crucial week.'

However, Kushner did appear at the White House on Friday during the last gasps of the Obamacare repeal effort.

Meanwhile, a White House spokesperson flatly denied the President is frustrated with Kushner.

But it remains largely unclear as to what specific role Kushner, who has no Capitol Hill or Washington background, would have played in a legislative effort.

When Ivanka and the kids took off for Aspen last weekend, sharing a ride on Trump's private 757 jet with Donald Trump, Jr. and his family and Eric and Lara Trump, Jared did stay behind in Washington. However, he only worked Monday, and by that evening was himself flying out to join the rest of the Trump clan. On Tuesday, an Instagram photo from Lara Trump showed Kushner and Ivanka on top of a mountain.

Ivanka's absence this week was also noted as instead of staying beside her father's chair in the Oval Office, she was in Aspen with her kids, opting for quality spring break time with her immediate family.

In his first statement after pulling the health care bill, Donald Trump leaned hard on the Democrats and said that Obamacare was going to 'explode.''The losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because they own Obamacare,' Trump said.

'They weren't going to give us a single vote,' he added.

Trump, however, expressed hope that the future would see a 'truly health care bill.'

'We'll end up with a truly great health care bill in the future,' he said.

Trump also said he was going to sit back and watch Obamacare fail.

'I honestly believe the Democrats will come to us,' he added.

Trump also denied any possibility of him reaching out to any Democrats proactively.

The U.S. President did not hold back after the bill failure and reiterated many times that the Affordable Care Act would fail in the future.

'It's imploding and soon will explode, and it's not going to be pretty,' he said.


First published: 25 March 2017, 12:27 IST