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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has not been impressed by the amateur efforts of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. He’s increasingly reduced Kushner’s power in the West Wing and recently expressed displeasure behind the scenes about Kushner’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia.

In a surprising shift, Trump himself is now getting sick of the Kushner sideshow. The president suggested that Kushner and Ivanka Trump go home to New York City, according to Vanity Fair. Trump is concerned about the political media coverage of the couple.

Trump is also said to resent Kushner’s advice to back losing Republican Alabama Senate primary candidate Luther Strange, along with the advice to fire FBI director James Comey.

“He keeps pressuring them to go,” a source close to Kushner told Vanity Fair.

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Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)