Hugh Jackman is one loyal friend. The Oscar nominee told Variety magazine that although a few eyebrows were raised about him inviting Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to his 50th Birthday party last month, he doesn’t care. Hugh said, “I’ve known those guys for 15 years and we don’t talk politics at birthday parties. They’re great friends. They’re unbelievably loyal.” The Wolverine actor added that he won’t dump friends just because their dad becomes President.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow is pushing back against tax fraud allegations against President Trump’s family. On Sunday, Kudlow said allegations of criminal behavior against Jared Kushner, Trump’s son in law and a White House adviser, made in a New York Times article aren’t even criminal. “He didn’t break any laws,” Kudlow told ABC’s George Stephanopolous.
—QUOTABLE: ”Americans respect success. I don’t think these stories — don’t have anything to them. I thought the President Trump story was full of holes and hot air and whatnot. Playing by the rules is a good thing, not a bad thing. Both gentlemen have done so. In the Jared Kushner story, the Times said he’s done nothing.” -Kudlow
A liberal activist group is behind a smear campaign against Jared Kushner. The son in law of President Trump registered to vote as a woman in New York City, the allegation goes. But that’s not true. The idea first came from American Bridge, a Democrat oppo research group founded by left-wing hatchet man David Brock. But the New York Daily News investigation found that Kushner was registered as a male in 2011, and the public record peddled by Brock’s group was simply an error by New York’s board of elections. The phony scandal appears to have been a back door to advance criticisms of Kushner’s prominent White House role.
—QUOTABLE: “Kushner can’t even fill out the most basic paperwork without screwing it up, so it’s a mystery why anyone thinks he’s somehow going to bring peace to the Middle East.” -American Bridge spokesman Brad Bainum