The tweet I read said that Donald #tRump was scheduled to be on Faux News this morning in his usual attempt to get ahead of the news cycle when he feels the need to deflect from a major devastating news story that’s about to come out this week. Jared Kushner was thrown under the bus earlier this week, because he pushed a call through to #tRump in Air Force 1 that turned out to be a prank call (see #1 below.) This flub came after a pathetically weak interview in Israel during which he delivered threats to Palestinian leadership to get on the #tRumpTrain as it careens down a long economic slide into a major recession. Kushner was responsible for possible harm to our military base and personnel in Qatar, because he is desperate to refinance his 666 5th Ave New York property. Although the Air Force 1 prank call was embarrassing, could it have been the reason for #tRump’s need to massage the narrative? Are there other legal dangers lurking ahead that may distract from a huge July of intersecting forces including the recently announced summit with Putin in Helsinki?
A quick stroll through the search engine turns up several legal battles Kushner is involved in that will obviously require more attention on his personal woes than he has available for his role as White House advisor, so it may be time to cut this major load loose.
1. Jared Kushner is an idiot who may have allowed an obviously fake prank caller to talk to #tRump
A comedian pretending to be Sen. Bob Menendez called President Trump on Wednesday and got a callback from Air Force One. They chatted and the comedian posted the conversation.
But this is not the real story. The real story is that the competent people in the White House—and there are still a few left—called Menendez’s office and were told that the senator hadn’t tried to reach Trump. So they killed the call. But the comedian also managed to talk to Jared Kushner, who was fooled and sent the message along. That’s why Trump called back.
2. How Michael Cohen got Jared Kushner into Gowanus
Kushner might not have been in Gowanus in the first place if it wasn’t for Michael Cohen — President Trump’s personal lawyer and the current subject of an FBI investigation.
Cohen helped broker the 2014 deal and represented the site’s seller, developer Herbert Chaves, according to two sources close to the transaction. The sources said that Cohen’s personal ties to the Kushner family — Jared Kushner is Trump’s son-in-law — may have made it easier for them to land the site. “I think it helped that Kushner had an ally,” said one source familiar with the deal.
3. Donald Trump’s and Jared Kushner’s buildings are among the worst polluters in New York City, report finds
Trump Tower at 725 Fifth Avenue, Trump International Hotel & Tower at 1 Central Park West and Kushner family-owned 666 Fifth Avenue—along with other luxury skyscrapers including the Baccarat Hotel and Residences and 157 West 57th Street—were part of a group representing 2 percent of buildings in the city that emitted nearly 50 percent of the pollution, according to a report by local environmental nonprofits cited by HuffPost on Thursday.
4. Does Jared Kushner really remember where he comes from?
Perhaps Kushner opposes large parts of his father-in-law’s immigration program and has been opposing them privately. But it’s also possible that Kushner has no problem reconciling his family history with Trump’s policies. Rae Kushner was an eloquent, plain-spoken critic of U.S. immigration policies. Her grandson Jared’s public silence speaks volumes, too, in its own way.
5. Jared Kushner’s family company files lawsuit alleging anti-Trump bias caused delays to Jersey City project
Jared Kushner’s family-owned real estate company has sued Jersey City over construction delays to its development project it alleges are a result of a “political animus towards President Trump,” his father-in-law.
Kushner Cos. filed the federal lawsuit on Wednesday claiming that the city and its redevelopment agency broke a multimillion-dollar contract for the One Journal Square project because Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and both serve as senior White House advisers.
Head on the block, Kushner? #JustAskJared