2020-11-08 01:17:42 UTC
Donald Trump's aides start the blame game and immediately focus on Jared Kushner
for election loss as 'black' mood in COVID-hit White House turns ugly
*Blame game has begun among Republicans for President Donald Trump's failed bid
for second term
*Fire landing on presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was de facto
*'If the president wins, Kushner deserves credit, but if he loses, Kushner
deserves the blame,' Trump ally told Washington Post
*But a senior administration official defended Kushner to DailyMail.com
*'The expectation was the campaign would beaten by a large margin and, thanks to
the infrastructure Jared set up it, came down to a few thousand votes in a few
states,' the person said.
Donald Trump's team has begun the blame game for the president's failed
re-election bid and the early fire is aimed at Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law
who serves as a senior adviser in the White House.
Kushner wears many hats in the Trump world - de facto chief of staff, keeper of
the president's moods, front man on the Middle East, coordinator on the
coronavirus plus the brains behind the re-election effort.
He made it clear from the beginning he was involved in all major campaign
decisions when it came to securing the president a second term. Brad Parscale,
the former campaign manager who ran the campaign in the early days, reported to
Kushner and was a loyalist to the presidential son-in-law.
Kushner is a constant presence at the president's side.
He was with Trump on his final, two-day, seven-state, 10 rally campaign swing.
The president brought him up on stage at one rally and pointed him out during
several others but, most of the time, the Kushner stood backstage, focused
intently on the scene of thousands of supporters cheering on Trump, few with
facial masks and no social distancing. Unlike other aides, Kushner didn't join
them in dancing the 'YMCA' - the song that closed out Trump rallies.
Kushner also was with the president on Election Day, joining him on a visit to
campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and spending the evening watching
returns with him and other members of the first family in the residence at the
'The only constant in this campaign, from Day One, to the very last day, was
Kushner,' a Trump ally told The Washington Post. 'So if the president wins,
Kushner deserves credit, but if he loses, Kushner deserves the blame.'
But a senior administration official defended Kushner's work, saying without it
the result from the 2020 contest would be much worse.
'The expectation was the campaign would beaten by a large margin and, thanks to
the infrastructure Jared set up, it came down to a few thousand votes in a few
states,' the senior administration official told DailyMail.com.
Votes are still being tallied but Biden carried battleground states like
Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada by a few percentage points.
Also garnering some blame was Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump
Jr who ran the campaign's fundraising operation. Trump was outraised by Biden
and struggled to stay on the airwaves in the final weeks of the campaign.
Campaign aides told Politico that Guilfoyle's operation 'underperformed and was
an HR nightmare.'
Trump, meanwhile, spent his Saturday morning on the golf course at his club in
Sterling, Virginia, which is where he was when the race was called for Biden.
After he played 18 rounds, he stopped to take a photo with a bride getting
married there as supporters cheered him on, according to video posted to
He's shown no signs of conceding and, in a statement released by the campaign,
vowed it wasn't over.
'The simple fact is this election is far from over,' Trump said.
Additionally, the president won't be making a concession call to Biden.
'No scheduling updates,' deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere told
DailyMail.com when asked if such a conversation would happen.
And President Trump has no immediate plans to invite Biden to an Oval Office
meeting, a tradition between outgoing and incoming presidents, CNN reported.
Then President Barack Obama hosted Trump for such a meeting on Thursday,
November 10, 2016, two days after that year's presidential election.
Trump took an early lead in the vote count on Tuesday night but, as more ballots
were counted, Biden started to pull ahead and the mood in the White House turned
The country was kept in suspense all week with news organizations declining to
call the race while ballots were still being counted. Trump's early lead in the
vote count in Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania dropped as the week
continued and, one-by-one, those states were called for Biden.
The president's mood was 'black,' a White House adviser told The Wall Street
Journal, in the lead up to Saturday's election result.
Adding to the White House worries was another coronavirus outbreak in his ranks.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and at least five other staffers tested
positive for the disease after the election.
Meadows had escaped diagnosis when Trump caught the virus in September.
He has been one of the most adamant anti-maskers in the Trump administration,
and insiders say he is rarely seen wearing a face mask, in deference to Trump.