Immigration Meeting With Jared Kushner Leaves Republicans Confused and Unimpressed
President Trump has had high political hopes for son-in-law Jared Kushner, since he took office. The President gave Kushner a list of ambitious goals to achieve. In January of 2017, Trump told reportedly told Ivanka’s husband, “If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can.”
It seems, however, that the President’s faith in Kushner is not shared by many of the other Republicans in power. According to the Washington Post, a number of conservative Senators came away unimpressed by their recent meeting with the adviser.
On Wednesday, Kushner held a meeting with Republican lawmakers to introduce his immigration plan. As the Senators peppered him with questions, he came off skittish and unprepared.
Part of the problem were directives from his father-in-law. Susan Collins (R-ME) was concerned about DACA. When she asked the adviser about protections for the program, he told her, “that Trump had not asked him to address the issue and instead wanted to focus on issues that ‘bring people together.”
Kushner also struggled with the appearance of hard-line, anti-immigration adviser, Stephen Miller. Miller was eager to make his voice heard. One source told the Post, ““Miller interrupted him a lot.”
In the end, Kushner’s biggest problem was a failure to connect with the lawmakers that he had to convince of his plan. He’s in his own little world,” said an unnamed official. “He didn’t give many details about what was in [his plan]. And there were a number of instances where people had to step in and answer questions because he couldn’t.”