jared kushner

Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of American Innovation

AFFILIATIONs

Kushner companies: Principal

Charles and Seryl Kushner Family Foundation: Director

Trump Administration: Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of American Innovation (Current)

BIO

Jared Kushner, the New York real estate scion who is the President’s son-in-law and senior advisor, is one of the most recognizable faces in the Trump administration. Kushner has played a large role in the Trump administration, with the President assigning Kushner the task of brokering peace between Israel and Palestine. “If [Kushner] can't produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can,” Trump stated.

Before entering the Trump administration, Kushner’s involvement in the political arena was limited to campaign donations. However, most of his family’s political donations were given to Democratic groups and candidates. Although, when it comes to Islamophobia, Kushner is, seemingly, only guilty-by-association, his actions and statements regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict have caused concern amongst some political analysts.

Islamophobia

After 41 Palestinians were killed at the Gaza border by Israeli military personnel, Kushner said the protesters bore some responsibility for the violence.

“Kushner did address the violence at the border, saying the protesters were ‘part of the problem.’ ‘As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution,’ he said.”

SOURCE: Alana Abramson (TIME) (May 2018)

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, two weeks after discussing the topic with Jared Kushner, supposedly pitched a plan to end the Israel/Palestine conflict that was egregiously unfair to the Palestinians.

"Mr. Trump assigned the effort to reach what he calls the “ultimate deal” to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, aided by Jason Greenblatt, his top negotiator, and other aides. After nearly a year of listening tours to the region, they are developing a comprehensive plan but have kept details under wraps...Word of the proposal has shaken up a region already wrestling with multiple conflicts, astonishing Arab officials and Western observers alike. Palestinian officials from both Mr. Abbas’s Fatah party and its rival, Hamas, said they had found the plan insulting and unacceptable."

SOURCE: Anne Barnard, David M. Halbfinger and Peter Baker (The New York Times) (December 2017)