The Wall Street Journal: Kushner may see diminished role after Trump’s national-security shakeup

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s shakeup of his national security team is likely to reshape the role played by Jared Kushner, a key adviser whose global portfolio created friction with outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, administration officials and others close to Kushner said.

The nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and the appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser could also curb Kushner’s sway if foreign diplomats, who have been courting the president’s son-in-law as an alternative to Tillerson, turn more to the traditional U.S. diplomatic machinery.

Inside the White House, Kushner has been aligned with a globalist, New York faction that lately has seen its ranks depleted. Two of his allies were Gary Cohn, the National Economic Council director, who announced his resignation earlier this month, and Dina Powell, a national security adviser who stepped down in December.

Pompeo, whose appointment still must be confirmed by the Senate, and Bolton are expected to take more hawkish stands on Iran, North Korea and other hot spots. In talking with friends, Kushner has joked about the Middle East views of Bolton, who has said he opposes a two-state solution for achieving peace in Israel and Palestine in favor of Egypt and Jordan absorbing the Palestinian territories.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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