The next time that someone tries to criticize Michael Wolff's book, Fire and Fury, by saying how irresponsible it is because "A president's children are off-limit," I dearly hope the reporter who they're speaking to will note that Ivanka Trump has an actual office in the White House, and Jared Kushner (NOT one of Trump's children, mind you, though certainly "family," but why quibble about facts...) is an actual senior adviser to the president, overseeing about half a dozen areas of international importance -- and both, as senior government officials, are 100% fair game. Besides which, neither are what we generally think of when referring to "children", a youngster going to school, living at home with mom and dad, and maybe even having a strict bedtime and TV-watching limits. They're each 36-years old. And each hugely successful business people, each hundred-millionaires. And each of them potentially on their way to prison. (Jared, in particular, but Ivanka, too, if the Special Counsel investigations gets into Russian money laundering by the Trump company.) But noooo, they're off-limits, so don't you dare bring up the kiddies...
I've left Don Jr. and Eric out of this because neither of them have official positions in the White House, but given how they've inserted themselves heavily into politics, going on television to speak on behalf of the administration, earning lecture fees to talk about the administration and involving themselves in potential political conspiracy with Russians -- and they are hardly toddlers themselves, but 40 and 34-year-old-men respectively, ostensibly running the Trump company while their dad has "recused" himself -- then they're fair game, as well.
Personal, private matters of the family are off-limits. Actual young kids are off-limits. But when you are adults who are actively acting as part of the administration and involving yourselves in criminal espionage...you are not longer "off-limits".
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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