In conversations with associates, John Kelly has dismissively described paid family leave as one of Ivanka’s “pet projects” and said he doesn’t understand how it fits into the White House’s agenda.
What’s next: A White House official told me this tension came to a head a few weeks ago. The official told me the issue is being “hammered out internally” and Kelly approved a policy process to work through the issue.
To be fair to Ivanka, paid family leave is not a rogue endeavor, even though much of the White House considers it a non-starter. I’m told she coordinates any meeting she has on Capitol Hill with the White House’s Office of Legislative Affairs.