Jared Kushner speaks in public. And Washington takes notice

Posted June 20, 2017

Jared Kushner has made his first public remarks since his appointment as an official White House adviser and this is probably the first time most people will have ever heard him speak!

That, at least, is how former U.S. ambassador Dan Shapiro looks at the Trump administration's continuing diplomatic push in the region, a push that will be reinforced on Wednesday with the arrival of Trump's son-in-law, advisor and all around trouble shooter, Jared Kushner.

"So far I have found exactly the opposite", he explained.

Kushner will arrive in Jerusalem Wednesday for meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will then travel to Ramallah, in the West Bank, for meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The visit is seen as an early step in the negotiation process. It's a broad slate that reflects not only President Trump's trust in his son-in-law's ability and loyalty, and perhaps, also, his distrust and lack of confidence in others in his administration. "And my guess is they won't", he said.

Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (R) speaks with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner (L) as tech company leaders gather at a summit of the American Technology Council at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on June 19, 2017.

"Many warned me bureaucracy would resist any change we tried to implement. Territories to continue the discussion about the possibility of peace".

The visit comes one month after Trump's maiden trip to the region, during which he met with Israeli and Palestinian officials and committed to working to bring both sides together in a lasting peace agreement.

An unnamed White House official told the Wall Street Journal that no three-way talks are expected during the visits and that no major breakthroughs are anticipated.

Trump has deputized Kushner and Greenblatt with leading the USA efforts at Middle East peace. "He strongly believes that peace is possible".