Jared Kushner, ex-White House senior advisor to former President Donald Trump, plans to move away from politics and start an investment firm, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday.
Sources close to the matter told the news outlet that Kushner is finalizing the launch of Affinity Partners, an investment company that will be headquartered in Miami. The firm is still in its planning stages and is expected to launch in the coming months, according to the sources.
Kushner is also aiming to open an office in Israel, which would establish regional investments between the country and India, North African and Gulf nations, sources told Reuters.
Since leaving the White House in January, Kushner has been out of the public spotlight and moved to Florida with his wife, Ivanka Trump, and their two children.
He has spent the past six months writing a book about his time working for Trump, according to Reuters. Kushner secured the book deal with Broadside Books, a conservative imprint of HarperCollins. Trump was reportedly envious of the seven-figure advance that Kushner received for the memoir, according to a CNN report in June.
The New York Times reported last month that Kushner has told some of Trump’s closest advisors that he wants to have a “simpler relationship” with his former boss and father-in-law. As Trump remains in the political sphere, hosting rallies and endorsing GOP candidates for the 2022 midterms, Kushner has largely been absent from his circle.
Trump’s fixation on the 2020 election has driven Ivanka and Kushner away, CNN reported in June. Although the couple resides in Miami, not too far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, they’ve been visiting him less and less frequently, the report said.
Kushner previously served as chief executive of his father’s real estate firm, Kushner Companies, before he resigned in 2017 to work for the Trump administration.
In his White House role, Kushner particiapted US negotiations in the Middle East. He later assisted with the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump and an ex-White House adviser, got into “an intense argument” with Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel ahead of the 2020 election, according to a new book.
“I don’t give a f— about the future of the Republican Party!'” Kushner told McDaniel in the lobby of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. This is based on an excerpt of Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender’s new book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost,” which was published Tuesday by Fox News.
“By 2020, the RNC wasn’t merely an extension of the Trump campaign. (2020 campaign manager) Brad Parscale had effectively turned them into a full partner, and Ronna had become one of the president’s closest advisers. The RNC was paying for the field staff. They were covering costs for state directors who couldn’t get calls returned from campaign headquarters. Even the lease for the campaign headquarters was being paid for by the RNC,” Bender writes.
McDaniel held a grudge against Stepien after the two of them clashed during the 2016 Trump campaign, when she was running the Michigan GOP ahead of a crucial victory there, according to the book.
This all led to “tensions at the highest level of Trump World that finally exploded into an intense argument between Ronna and Jared inside the Trump Hotel,” Bender wrote.
McDaniel was already being left out of key strategy meetings and Kushner added insult to injury when he “considered” taking over the RNC’s online fundraising platform, WinRed, because he “didn’t think the RNC could pull off the new operation,” the excerpt says.
McDaniel told Kushner that WinRed – which had to refund $122 million in online donations from people who unknowingly exceeded the federal limit on individual contributions – could be an effective “legacy project” for the GOP, but he didn’t buy it.
“Jared wasn’t interested,” the excerpt says. “‘I don’t give a f— about the future of the Republican Party!’ he told Ronna inside the hotel meeting room. ‘Good to know,’ Ronna shot back. ‘I will be running for chair for a second term, and I will make sure you don’t come anywhere near this!'”
Former President Donald Trump talked of pardoning himself while in the White House but his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner “dissuaded” him, a forthcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff says.
“They say I can. Unlimited pardon power,” Trump said, according to an excerpt of the book “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency” published by The Times of London.
Kushner argued, however, that Trump giving himself a federal pardon – a president’s only pardon power – might motivate states to go after him even more, Wolff writes.
“Still, with such a lot of people out there who wanted to hurt him, he should pardon the whole family, shouldn’t he – even Barron?” Wolf wrote, referring to Trump’s teenage son. “Kushner elided. (Other family members would note that Kushner did, though, grab a pardon for his own father.)”
The excerpt notes that Trump faces serious legal issues and could be indicted, including for financial issues and others. Last week, the Manhattan district attorney’s office charged the Trump organization and its longtime chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg with financial crimes in an ongoing investigation.
Former President Donald Trump has alienated his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner with his continued obsession over the 2020 election, CNN reported Wednesday.
CNN reported that Trump is prone to complain about the 2020 election and falsely claim it was “stolen” from him to anyone listening, and that his “frustrations emerge in fits and starts – more likely when he is discussing his hopeful return to national politics.”
While Ivanka and Kushner have been located in Miami, not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, they’ve been visiting Trump less and less frequently, and have been conspicuously absent from big events at Mar-a-Lago, CNN said.
Kushner and Ivanka, once key advisors in Trump’s inner circle, have taken a step back both over Trump’s unrelenting lies about the 2020 election and the strained relationship between Trump and his son-in-law.
One source described Kushner to CNN as “kind of like a parent who sticks around less and less each morning while they’re transitioning their kid to day care.”
Trump reportedly blames Kushner in part for the failure of his 2020 campaign, was unimpressed with Kushner’s policy work, and is worried that his son-in-law will take credit for the administration’s policy achievements.
In recent weeks, Trump has also latched onto a conspiracy theory that a non-existent Supreme Court case brought by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell will result in the court overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election and reinstating him as president by August.
With former top advisors and confidantes like Ivanka and Kushner stepping back, right-wing media influencers like Lindell and One America News anchor Christina Bobb, a promoter of the dubious Arizona recount, have filled that void and captured Trump’s attention, CNN said.
Jared Kushner lashed out at a public health official when he learned in late March 2020 that millions of masks wouldn’t arrive in the US until June, according to an excerpt of a forthcoming book reported by The Washington Post on Monday.
“You f—ing moron,” Kushner reportedly yelled at then-assistant secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, Robert Kadlec, who purchased 600 million masks as coronavirus infections had spiked across the country. “We’ll all be dead by June!”
The scene was revealed in the new book, “Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History,” by Washington Post reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta.
Kushner grew so frustrated that he threw his pen at the wall, the book reports. At the time, he had taken on greater responsibilities as senior advisor to former President Donald Trump, playing an influential role in the White House’s COVID-19 response.
The book details many more chaotic moments of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, including another time when a Trump aide blew up at Kadlec.
“I’m going to fire your a– if you can’t fix this!” then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, upset at the administration’s rollout of the new antiviraltreatment remdesivir, reportedly shouted at Kadlec in a phone call.
The Washington Post reporters write that the handling of the pandemic had turned the Trump administration into “a toxic environment in which no matter where you turned, someone was ready to rip your head off or threatening to fire you.”
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump and a former White House senior advisor, has reportedly told some of Trump’s closest advisors that he wants “a simpler relationship” with the former president, according to The New York Times.
While former Trump campaign managers Bill Stepien and Brad Parscale are still tied into Trumpworld, Kushner, who is married to the former president’s oldest daughter, Ivanka, has stepped back.
According to The Times, Kushner “wants to focus on writing his book and establishing a simpler relationship” with the former president.
With Kushner out of the spotlight, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son, has become the most politically-active member of the family in the former president’s orbit at the moment.
It also comes on the heels of a CNN report from March where several sources said that Kushner was “tapped out” from the political world as Trump was emerging from his Mar-a-Lago resort to speak at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida.
Just last year, Kushner was one of the most prolific advisors in Trump’s orbit, with the former president lauding him as “my star” during a roundtable on policing reform.
During the event, Kushner praised law-enforcement officials for “coming together to fix” policing after hearing the “cries from the community.”
“Hopefully at this time where there’s a lot of people in the country who are feeling different pain and feeling different concerns, law enforcement can be a leader in coming together and helping us work towards bringing solutions that could bring this country forward,” Kushner said at the time.
Kushner has kept a relatively low profile since Trump left the White House in January.
“I thought it was one of the funniest things in the world. I used to joke with all my friends about it: ‘If you Google me, it says I’m married to Ivanka Trump.'” Back then, he was blissfully ignorant. The only thing he knew about Ivanka was that she was Donald’s daughter.
More than a decade later, Kushner – who is now 21, and has no relation to the former senior White House advisor – doesn’t find the situation so funny. Nor is he pleased with the political performance of the man who shares his name.
After five years of being mistaken for former president Donald Trump’s senior advisor, he’s relieved at the thought of finally getting his name back, with Trump out of office and the other Kushner fading from prominence.
“My mindset at this point is eventually he’ll go away,” Kushner, who grew up in Palm Beach County, not far from Mar-a-Lago, said. “I don’t know if people will necessarily forget about him, but he won’t be brought up. And he won’t be brought up with my name, or with me.”
‘It really is a great sort of icebreaker’
Sharing a name with a widely loathed political figure is one of those things that seems amusing at first, but can quickly descend into chaos and aggravation.
Just ask Bill de Blasio, the Long Island man who has spent the last seven years being bombarded with hate mail intended for the mayor, or Donald R. Trump, the North Carolina guy who’s had to employ several fraud protection services because people keep trying to hack his bank accounts. Other name doppelgängers, like Gerry Sandusky – one letter removed from the convicted sex offender – share similar tales of woe; still others find it mostly funny.
For the 21-year-old Kushner, a college senior, things really ramped up during the 2016 presidential campaign. He enjoyed it at first. Kushner and his family watched NBC News every night, and they’d get a kick every time his name was mentioned. But when people wouldn’t stop bringing up the other Kushner to him, it started to get old.
The coincidence was intensified by the fact that Kushner’s grandfather is named Charles Kushner – just like Jared Kushner’s father, who spent two years in prison for illegal campaign contributions and tax evasion.
“He gets stuff all the time, like people calling their house. He deals with it, too,” Kushner said of his grandfather. When Trump pardoned the other Charles Kushner in December 2020, “I called my grandpa – I was like, ‘Congrats on the pardon.'”
Meanwhile, in Canada, another man named Jared Kushner has found that his name can be both a blessing and a curse. (A third Jared Kushner, a New York cardiologist, declined to be interviewed.)
Around 2015, he remembered being informed of his name twin by a friend. “She was like, ‘Oh my god, you’re famous, right?’ It just slowly increased from there.”
The Canadian Kushner, 28, works in commercial real estate, where colleagues and clients are sometimes impressed by his name (never mind the other Kushner’s reputation for slumlordpractices in the real estate world).
“People are typically pretty excited to get my business card if they’re familiar with the name,” he said. “They’ll send it to their friends, they’ll take a picture of it: ‘Oh, I met Jared Kushner today.'”
In fact, Kushner suspects his name has been a benefit to his career, since it gets real estate people’s attention.
“Some people like the idea of having that conversation and saying, ‘We got Jared Kushner!'” he said. “They’ll choose to call me instead of other people solely based on my name… To some degree, it really is a great sort of icebreaker to have that conversation with clients.”
Both Jared Kushners said their name wreaked havoc on their social media profiles
Now that the Trump presidency is over, both men are excited to get their names back.
In October 2018, when a Kentucky-based man named Brett Kavanagh tweeted, “This is a terrible time to be named Brett Kavanagh,” the Florida Jared Kushner quoted-tweeted his viral post with a knowing comment: “Welcome to the club…”
Indeed, this is a club where people with unfortunate names receive a whole lot of misdirected online hate. On Twitter, “I get tagged with Ivanka and Don Jr.,” said the 21-year-old Kushner. “It’s all these official verified accounts with millions of followers. And then they tag me. I have a profile picture. I look nothing like him. And they still think my account is the other Jared Kushner’s.”
The situation has been exacerbated by the fact that Trump’s son-in-law simply doesn’t tweet, which leaves people wondering which Kushner is that Kushner.
“I get private messages on Facebook,” the 21-year-old Kushner said. “Maybe Instagram sometimes. Usually it’s people who are very upset with him. I feel like it’s usually just yelling about stuff in the Middle East that I don’t even understand. Or just cursing me out.”
In August 2017, for example, he received a rambling Facebook message from a woman in California. “Your father in law is off the rails,” she wrote. “Help us all!! Do not be complicit. This is horrific!”
He usually ignores these messages, but he admitted he once replied to someone on Instagram as though he were the other Kushner, just to mess with him. (The man didn’t reply back.)
Meanwhile, the Canadian Kushner had a Twitter account he used solely to keep up with sports headlines. But he was so bombarded with angry tweets from confused #resisters that the site became nearly unusable for him.
“I was getting tagged in retweets. I was getting direct messages: ‘I need to contact so-and-so, or do this, or take a stand,'” he said. “I had to shut that down. It was kind of getting out of hand. I’ve had people add me on Facebook. I’ve had people add my Snapchat.”
“I guess you could say being threatened on Twitter is probably pretty weird,” he said. “But I’ve kind of been acclimatized to it. People say some pretty egregious things on Twitter.”
The Kushners are somewhat torn on their opinions of Kushner and the former administration
“As a person, [Kushner] seems kind of like a scumbag,” the Floridian Kushner said. Moreover, he felt he hadn’t been the best representative for the Jewish community.
Referencing the white supremacist symbols and Nazi-era flags on display at the January 6 Capitol riot, Kushner, who is also Jewish, said, “I don’t understand how people can see this and still think his administration has been good for the Jewish people in America, in Israel.”
He also described the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic as “a horrible job.”
The Canadian Kushner is more conflicted about Trump and his son-in-law.
“I see a lot of things that [Trump] has done that he’s done well,” he says. “And I see a lot of things he’s done that he’s done poorly. I think it’s fair to say at this time that Trump’s a very interesting character. Am I a fan? Probably not.”
Being named Jared Kushner can also ferment confusion in real life, though such encounters tend to be less vitriolic
For the Canada-based Jared Kushner, such encounters regularly happen when he’s traveling to the US.
“I’ve had people make comments to me in airports before,” he said. “Kind of a smirk, a laugh, and ‘Really? This is your name?’ Nothing insulting or harmful. I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Oh, I guess you’ve had a pretty tough four years, huh.'”
A few months ago, the Florida Kushner went to get tested for COVID-19.
“I handed the person collecting the test my driver’s license. He came back a couple minutes later and he was shocked,” Kushner says. “He was like, ‘Are you really Jared Kushner?’ Like, ‘Is this your real name?’ I get a lot of those kinds of things.”
Then, in January, he was playing golf and was paired with a random partner. “And he came up to me and he said, ‘I think we’ve played together before.’ And then he goes, ‘Trump’s son-in-law, right?'”
Zach Schonfeld is a freelance writer and journalist based in New York. Previously, he was a senior writer for Newsweek. His first book was published in November 2020.
Jared Kushner, once one of President Donald Trump’s closest aides, is barely in his orbit these days, according to CNN.
Trump’s son-in-law was conspicuously absent from a high-powered meeting last week in which the former president planned his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Committee as a broader return to politics, the network reported.
As a senior White House advisor, Kushner had his finger in almost every pie of the Trump administration. John Bolton, the former national security advisor, described him as Trump’s most powerful aide. Trump gushed about him, calling him “my star.”
So for Kushner not to be invited to the roundtable to decide Trump’s political future is unusual. CNN said the gathering included Bill Stepien, Dan Scavino, Donald Trump Jr., and Brad Parscale.
Two unnamed sources described Trump’s relationship with Kushner relationship as fractured. Another source, described as a person who frequently talks with Kushner, denied that there was any break, adding that the two met for lunch on Wednesday.
A person familiar with Kushner’s new life told CNN that Kushner was looking for a fresh start. “Right now, he’s just checked out of politics,” another source told the network.
“That’s about as 180 a turn as he could ever make,” a White House colleague of Kushner’s said. “This was a guy who for four years did everything on behalf of President Trump. He lived that job.”