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Is Jared Kushner qualified to be White House chief of staff?
Kushner does enjoy a close relationship with the president, something that has been lacking in his previous two chiefs. According to the Huffington Post, he already has the president's ear and is using it to lobby for the position.
Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka and already an official White House adviser, met with Trump Wednesday about the job, a top Republican close to the White House told HuffPost. He and two others close to Trump or the White House who confirmed Kushner’s interest in the position did so on condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s staffing considerations freely.
Kushner has been pushing his own candidacy with Trump, citing his work on a criminal justice reform package and a claimed ability to work with Democrats, one person said. “I don’t know why he thinks that, when the Democrats are mainly going to be coming after Trump,” the source said.
Kushner has, to his credit, been very effective in lobbying his father-in-law on criminal justice reform issues, securing pardons for several incarcerated people and working toward passing a new reform bill.
That said, it seems like the president's son-in-law may not be the sharpest tool in the shed. Vanity Fair compiled a list of Kushner's most recent blunders.
While the president seems to believe that his daughter and son-in-law are eminently qualified to work in the upper echelons of the U.S. government, here, as a reminder, is what the Boy Prince of New Jersey actually brings to the table:
• A penchant for f--king up paperwork, having screwed up his financial disclosure form 39 times;
• What we assume is a plaque emblazoned with the title “World’s Worst Real-Estate Developer,” having paid $1.8 billion for an aging Midtown skyscraper on the eve of the financial crisis (the family company, Kushner Cos., was finally able to offload the thing this summer, but that doesn’t change the fact that buying it was, as they say in the biz, “a dumb as s--t idea”);
• The sort of delusional self-confidence that allows a person with literally no foreign-policy experience to think that he is going to be the one to bring peace to the Middle East;
While many people initially thought of Kushner as a Svengali, controlling and manipulating his blow-hard father-in-law, that seems to become less and less likely. As Albert Burneko wrote for Deadspin in 2017:
You can understand the appeal. After all, our doddering, senile, speed-addled dipshit president has entrusted Kushner with a package of official responsibilities—veterans’ affairs, Middle East peace, the opioid crisis, overhauling the technological infrastructure of the federal government, etc.—that, in aggregate, amount to Doing The Presidency; that the vessel of all this authority might be a coldblooded but essentially rational and competent operator would be reassuring not only for Trump’s supporters but for the many millions of people who voted for basically that exact same character description in Trump’s election opponent. If, as has turned out to be the case, Donald Trump will function as his own administration’s extremely wayward social media intern and little else, then maybe you could take some solace from the idea that there is an actual president in there somewhere, and that the actual president is, if nothing else, at least a familiarly vile stock national-politics type, and not, say, a hapless helium-brained inheritance doofus in whole entire light-years over his head, like Trump himself.