Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump tried and failed to moderate President Trump's response to the violent rally organized by white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend.
The New York Times reported Tuesday Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, and his wife, Ivanka, the president's daughter, were on vacation during the White House debate over how to handle the rally, which limited their influence.
It's the latest example of Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who are socially liberal former Democratic donors and practicing Orthodox Jews, proving to have little influence on the president's approach to major issues.
The couple reportedly advocated for Trump to remain in the Paris climate change deal, but the president decided to remove the U.S. from the agreement anyway.
And Politico reported last month Ivanka Trump was surprised when her father tweeted he would ban transgender people from the military.
On Tuesday, Trump resorted again to blaming "both sides' for a the violent Charlottesville rally.
He told reporters at Trump Tower that the media has not sufficiently criticized "alt-left" groups that also participated in the Charlottesville rally.
Under political pressure, Trump on Monday singled out "KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups" for condemnation, after neglecting to name the groups in his initial statement on Saturday.
But on Tuesday, he said there are "fine people" on both sides, along with some "bad people."