Daily US Times: As former president Donald Trump plotted his Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) appearance last week, and a broader, more-robust plan to return to politics as an omnipresent disruptor, one person was conspicuously absent from the confab. He is Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law.
Jared Kushner was notably not on the list of advisers assisting Donald Trump. Kushner, who previously served as chief adviser-cum-micromanager in Trump administration with far-reaching responsibilities and had virtual carte blanche, has tapped out, say several people who worked closely with Mr Kushner at the White House or are familiar with his thinking.
One person says in condition of anonymity: “Right now, he’s just checked out of politics,” echoing the mindset of Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, who is so over the political bubble she has told colleagues and friends of late to not utter anything to do with Washington.
Given the former president’s election loss and current out-of-power position, Jared Kushner’s absence from the aftermath follows a pattern critics have previously pointed out: being present for the wins and MIA from the losses. A person with close ties to Trump’s son-in-law said that Mr Kushner is enjoying “some much needed time with his family,” and his retreat is unrelated to the ebb and flow of Trump’s popularity.
During the administration, Trump’s senior adviser Kushner was more than happy to speak on behalf of the moments that turned out well for the administration — but also conveniently skip the parts embroiled in turmoil.