US President Donald Trump has joked about his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, saying, he has “become more famous than me.”
Trump made the comment in a meeting with the US Senate and House Republican leaders at the White House to discuss his legislative agenda.
While thanking participants for their efforts to advance political plans under the new administration, the US president took the jab at Kushner, who had been featured on the cover of Time magazine earlier this week.
“Jared has actually become much more famous than me — I’m a little upset at that,” Trump said, prompting laughter from the attendants.
The businessman-turned-politician had previously bragged about how many times he had appeared on the magazine’s cover.
The last time Trump threw a similar joke was in January when he was commenting on former FBI Director James Comey during a law enforcement ceremony. He later fired Comey on May 9.
This photo taken on May 3, 2017 shows FBI Director James Comey testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC,. (Photo by AFP)
Kushner has come under scrutiny over his alleged interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a banker from Moscow.
Federal investigators believe the 36-year-old former real estate executive has significant information relevant to their inquiry into alleged links between Trump’s campaign team and the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election and campaign.
Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia and has described the investigation as the “greatest witch hunt” in the US history.
Trump has admitted that Comey’s firing had to do with “the Russian thing,” raising the possibility that his son-in-law might have pushed him to dismiss the FBI chief.
He has seemingly assigned Kushner, who lacks political experience, with taking care of Washington’s affairs in the Middle East and brokering a peace deal between Palestine and Israel.
Kushner also traveled to Iraq in April, apparently to try to get a better picture of the overall situation in that country and show his support for the Iraqi government.