Jared Kushner’s official title is “Senior Advisor to the President.” This office has been occupied in the past by the likes of Karl Rove, Rahm Emmanuel, Valerie Jarrett, and David Axelrod… not exactly lightweights in the Beltway. Jared Kushner currently shares this role with Stephen Miller, as it is not uncommon for the POTUS to have several senior advisors. Both men are listed as members of the White House Office of American Innovation.
Jared Kushner’s life has been one of turbulence and privilege, success and sadness. A cursory review of his Wikipedia page shows his Jewish heritage as figuring prominently into his development as an adult, where he still adheres strictly to the traditions of shomer Shabbos. It is noteworthy that in 1941, his grandmother had her mother and sister murdered by the Nazis in what is modern-day Belarus, and her brother was killed trying to escape from a ghetto. His father was a very successful real estate businessman, but in his efforts to gain influence, he was convicted of making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering, and was sentenced to two years at a federal penitentiary. This caused Jared to abandon his aspirations as a prosecutorial attorney, citing unjust discretion in the way his father was prosecuted. This also led him to assume control of his father’s company with his brother, and they continued to run the business profitably. He also continued to visit his father in prison and was “the best son to his father in jail, the best son to his mother, who suffered terribly, and he was a father to his siblings,” according to Charles’ July 2009 interview with New York magazine.
He was a very successful real estate developer in New York, which led him to become incredibly well connected with their elite class of socialites, businessmen, and politicians, also due to his father’s notoriety and his own charisma. He definitely set himself apart from his father as more even-tempered, more humble, and magnanimous, but remained close to his father regardless, with his wife (and Donald Trump’s daughter) Ivanka describing their relationship as “beyond beautiful.” Yes, Jared Kushner is Donald Trump’s son-in-law. However, former President Obama’s Justice Department cleared Jared Kushner’s appointment of violating any federal anti-nepotism laws on January 21st, 2017, and his lawyer Jamie Gorelick served as Deputy Attorney General to Bill Clinton, so any accusation of corruption would be hard to level in this circumstance.
Jared Kushner’s loyalty to his family and his orthodox faith speak volumes to his moral character and his integrity. His ability to fully grasp a situation and parse out a winning strategy is thoroughly demonstrated by his success in business and now in politics… he is commonly understood as the de facto head of the victorious Trump campaign, in spite of the vanguard media’s formidable smears against Trump, and in spite of the lack of political experience he had. All these qualities make him a powerful ally in the Trump administration, and perfectly suited for the White House Office of American Innovation.