Kush­ner be­comes Su­per Jared, Trump’s Sec­re­tary of Ev­ery­thing

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JENNI FRAZER

HE WAS an in­tern with the renowned Man­hat­tan dis­trict at­tor­ney, Robert Mor­gen­thau. But de­spite his Al­pha Male train­ing, al­most ev­ery­one in US pol­i­tics and me­dia is as­ton­ished at the sheer range of tasks given to Jared Kush­ner by his fa­ther-in-law, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Mr Kush­ner, 36, who is an Or­tho­dox Jew and mar­ried to Ivanka Trump, is be­ing called the “Sec­re­tary of State for Ev­ery­thing” by Amer­i­can TV chan­nels.

To date, he has been charged with sort­ing out Mid­dle East peace; pre­par­ing for a state visit by the Chi­nese pres­i­dent, Xi Jin­ping; head­ing a new Depart­ment of In­no­va­tion; and over­see­ing the re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of the fed­eral govern­ment, us­ing the var­i­ous busi­ness tech­niques he em­ployed be­fore en­ter­ing the White House’s West Wing.

“If you can’t pro­duce peace in the Mid­dle East, no­body can,” Mr Trump re­port­edly said to Mr Kush­ner, who has ab­so­lutely no back­ground in diplo­macy, from the stage of an in­au­gu­ral party.

Not since Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt has a White House staffer had such a va­ri­ety of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, say com­men­ta­tors, not­ing that Mr Kush­ner is also just back from a visit to Iraq with the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen­eral Joseph Dun­ford.

Mr Kush­ner has ad­di­tion­ally been asked to mend Amer­ica’s strained ties with Mex­ico, a big ask since it is Mr Trump who has done most of the strain­ing in re­cent months. And he has been put in charge of fight­ing Amer­ica’s pre­scrip­tion drug abuse epi­demic; tak­ing care of mil­i­tary veter­ans; and re­form­ing the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

The Pres­i­dent’s son-in-law is said to be used to multi-task­ing, as be­fore en­ter­ing the White house he had to re­sign from 260 boards and busi­nesses. Crit­ics nat­u­rally say he has no hope of com­plet­ing even one of these tasks, but ad­mir­ers praise the trans­parency of the ap­point­ments and say they give ev­ery­one a clearer view of Mr Trump’s ob­jec­tives.

If you can’t pro­duce Mid East peace, noone can’

PHOTO: PA

Kush­ner is flown over Mo­sul dur­ing his trip to Iraq on Tues­day

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