I haven’t read the backstory on their relationship.
Truthfully, I don’t really care, but I can’t help but notice that Jared Kushner has very successfully traversed the sometimes-unsteady relationship between son-in-law and father-in-law. In fact, Kushner has proven to be Donald Trump’s most trusted adviser, throughout the campaign, and now, moving into the presidency.
Trump has hooked even higher expectations to Kushner’s shooting star: Peace in the Middle East.
Speaking of his son-in-law, Trump said:
“If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can,” Trump said on the eve of his inauguration at an event for campaign donors in Washington, D.C.
“All my life I’ve been hearing that’s the toughest deal in the world to make. And I’ve seen it. But I have a feeling Jared’s going to do a great job.”
Kushner is a wealthy real estate developer, like Trump. His skills as a top diplomat have yet to be tested, but in this unconventional administration, it pays to expect the unexpected.
So was Trump signaling an even broader field of use for Jared Kushner? He’s already enjoying the fruits of nepotism, as he moves into a new role as senior White House adviser.
In December 2015, when he was still only candidate Trump, the Manhattan mogul angered some Jewish Americans because of an AP interview, where he stated:
“A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the deal — whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain things,” Trump said. “They may not be, and I understand that, and I’m OK with that. But then you’re just not going to have a deal.”
He has since made certain amends, such as suggesting the U.S. embassy in Israel be moved to Jerusalem and recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel.
You can very likely thank Kushner for that change in direction, as well.
Keep a close watch on Kushner, as he will be the power behind the throne, so to speak, for the next four years.