Who Is Jared Kushner: Trump loyalist or Kissinger protege?

Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Paul Martin

Robert Bridge
2 Dec, 2017

Never before in the annals of US politics has a top presidential adviser had more of an inside track for influencing the White House than Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Will this turn out to be a problem for Trump in the future?

Name any major event over the course of Trump’s first year in office and you will undoubtedly find the doleful face of Jared Kushner lurking somewhere in the crowd, gazing on with rapt attention (or is it somber satisfaction?), a bit like an apprentice trapped in the floodlights of ultimate power.

Beyond the question of Jared’s omnipresence is his apparent knack for political survival. Although Trump tends to go through officials as rapidly as tweets, Jared has managed thus far to ride out the storm. Yet firing Jared – husband of Trump’s daughter, Ivanka – would be more than your average political decision, which is probably why Trump should never have dabbled in nepotism to begin with. Or perhaps Jared Kushner remains in his top-level position not because he is the son-in-law of Donald Trump, or because he is so politically astute (thus far it would seem he is not), but precisely because some high-ranking people in the establishment want him there.

Whatever the case may be, it is notable that while Trump’s main allies – guys like Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus (all of whom were loathed by the establishment folks, incidentally) – fell to the wayside one after another, Kushner is one of the only top officials left over from the original Trump lineup. And his popularity among the establishment elite appears untarnished.

Reminiscent of the day when Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize without ever negotiating a single peace deal, Time magazine recently named Jared Kushner among its ‘100 Most Influential People’. And it was none other than Henry Kissinger, 94, the fiercely criticized former US statesman, who penned the blurb that accompanied Jared’s honorable mention.

Kissinger, expert practitioner of the “strategic lie”, says he first met Kushner “about 18 months ago, when he introduced himself after a foreign policy lecture I had given.” The very next line suggests that Kissinger is lurking in the shadows of the Trump administration. “We have sporadically exchanged views since.”

Really? That brief comment should have triggered some alarms. What exactly does Kissinger mean by “sporadically,” and what is it that he and Jared chat about? Somehow I doubt the weather. And is Trump aware of the content of these “sporadic” conversations, or is he content to get the Cliff Notes courtesy of Kushner?

Considering Henry Kissinger’s extremely checkered past – for starters, he convinced Nixon to bomb Cambodia and Laos, and replace the democratically elected government of Chile with a brutal military dictatorship – these are no idle questions. And as it turns out, there is already some whiff of mischief in the air that directly involves Jared Kushner, and, indirectly or otherwise, Henry Kissinger.

The Art of The Dumb
To date, President Trump has made two critical decisions that, for many analysts, defied all logic and even common sense. In fact, they were disastrous. The first involved the firing of Michael Flynn less than a month after he was named national security adviser. The stated reason for that decision was due to conversations Flynn had with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak a month before Trump formally took office. However, Flynn was doing nothing more ‘subversive’ than attempting to tamp down Russia’s understandable fury at being treated so brusquely by the Obama administration.

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