Jared Kushner is a remarkable figure in American history.
We've not seen the likes of him before and we will not likely see someone like him again again for a very long time to come. Mr. Kushner towers above all other White House aides, (and all but a handful of cabinet officers). This description applies to both the type of assignments he took on and his inherent ability to resolve whatever mission he was assigned effectively.
The national media's current bias will not permit objective coverage of the role Jared has played in recent years. However, in time, historians will most assuredly uncover all.
And, it will be a remarkable find indeed.
While working on my book "Inside Trump's White House," it was my privilege to interview Jared Kushner, as well as his father-in-law, the president, his wife, Ivanka, his close aide, Avi Berkowitz and others around him.
My interviews were also with many of the people outside his circle, who worked with him, including the foreign minister of Mexico.
They all marveled at Kushner's strategic brilliance.
Jared Kushner found solutions eluding diplomats for generations.
They raved about his skills-set.
The Mexican foreign minister was impressed with his "clarity of mind."
What may not be publicly known are the number of contingency plans and considerations that had to be tried before a workable plan emerged.
What Kushner has done is so impressive, it's easy to miss how much was left on the cutting room floor, that is, how much didn't work and what more might have been done in a second Trump term in office.
In history, there have been many great White House aides.
In earlier years, contrary to the widespread misconception of, and misrepresentation by, today’s journalists, presidents depended on sons and in-laws to run things.
Many presidents appointed their sons as White House secretary, the office which evolved into the modern-day chief of staff.
Fully, 18 sons and daughters worked in the White House for their fathers.
Some, likeWebb Hayes for example, the son of President Rutherford B. Hayes, became more powerful than most cabinet officers.
In modern times, there have been some famous and influential White House aides.
Harry Hopkins, who was FDR's secretary of commerce, as well as an adviser on global policy, during World War II, was empowered, partly because of Roosevelt's physical handicaps.
Sherman Adams was powerful because Eisenhower believed in military style staff work and delegated it down the chain of command. H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, (dubbed the Berlin Wall) had staff power but did not advance their own creative policies on a strategic level like a Jared Kushner.
One would have to go outside of the White House experience to find anyone to compare with what Jared Kushner has accomplished.
His work may not be recognized by the current hostile media, irritated by his successes, but future historians may one day compare what he has accomplished to Henry Kissinger or even to John Foster Dulles — or other diplomatic giants who ran their own cabinet departments and operated outside of the confines of the White House.
One cannot imagine Chip Carter taking on such a role, or even George W. Bush running his own office inside of his father’s White House.
We shouldn’t expect Hunter Biden to be asked to solve the "Mideast problem."
Some observers mistakenly conclude that Kushner was in competition with his father-in-law, the president himself, that he ran his own operation outside of the president’s purview.
There are even those who say he was at times disloyal, or not fully onboard.
Some say he even had more liberal leanings than our nation's 45th commander in chief.
As one who was able to interview both he and President Trump at length, I can fully assure you that this is not true.
Jared Kushner's work was not ideological.
He took on a succession of issues from rebuilding NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) from the ground up, to bringing peace to the Mideast.
The nature of these assignments demanded continuity and the full support of his boss, our president, or they would have gone nowhere.
There was no room for serious interruption or disagreement. One can simply look at the relationship between Jeff Sessions and the president to get an idea.
If Kushner had been disloyal, or even hesitated, he would not have lasted long.
The key to Jared Kushner is Donald Trump.
It was the president who gave him the big assignments, empowering him to carry them out.
It was the president who tapped Kushner’s fertile, strategic mind thereby giving his plans latitude, as well as time to emerge. And it's this knowledge that keeps the media from reporting on this remarkable story.
They know full well that to credit Jared Kushner, is to credit Donald Trump.
History will have no such bias. It will wholly see the facts and Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, and the Abraham Accords, which will be seen as the watershed moment that they are.
When Trump took office he asked someone to list the biggest problems globally.
Then-outgoing president Barack Obama told him that the most urgent problem facing America was the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. On the other hand, others chimed in that the most enduring problem in human history was finding Mideast peace.
Trump promptly told reporters that he would was going to take on North Korea and he was giving the Mideast to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
At the time everyone had a good laugh at the expense of the Trump administration.
Now, four years later, no one's laughing.
Doug Wead is a presidential historian who served as a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign. He is a New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and adviser to two presidents, including President George H.W. Bush, with whom he co-authored the book "Man of Integrity." Read Doug Wead's Reports — More Here.
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