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Report: Kushner Faces Foes at Home, Abroad on Immigration, Mideast Peace

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President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 May 2019 07:27 PM

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, is reportedly facing foes at home and abroad as he launches his initiatives on immigration reform and peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Unveiling a merit-based immigration plan last week, and a Middle East peace plan next month, Kushner and his aides realize there will be setbacks in the short term, McClatchy reported Wednesday.

But the former investor, real estate developer and newspaper publisher is determined to push forward, one unnamed official told McClatchy.

"It is easy to say what you stand against and hard to say what you're for," the official told McClatchy.

According to McClatchy, Kushner will personally lead a U.S. delegation to Bahrain with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other top aides in late June to launch the first phase of the peace plan. The news outlet reported, citing an unnamed source, that Israel will send a large delegation to the conference. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates already have confirmed attendance.

The Palestinian Authority said it would not attend.

"Jared came here with very specific goals, and the USMCA [U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement] and criminal justice reform were among them," an unnamed administration official told McClatchy.

"But with Middle East peace and immigration, you have two intractable problems that may not be solvable with the parties so far apart. It's two issues with tremendously strong advocates and positions on both sides, who view compromise as weakness while acknowledging the status quo is not sustainable.

"We will show the world a viable pathway forward based on reason and justice, despite whatever may come, on both of these extraordinarily difficult problems."

Equally as challenging as building regional consensus around a peace plan, Kushner faces problems getting Democrats on board for his immigration plan, McClatchy reported.

"We understand the Democrats are against this, but we're not sure why," another unnamed administration official told McClatchy. "If the Democrats would like to play politics – should they be unwilling prior the election to discuss it – we have a roadmap post-2020 to make this our legal system."

"We see it long-term as a positive thing for us, and in the immediate term we're not stopping our push forward," the official added. "In the next few weeks we'll be coming out with very specific proposals."

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As he launches his initiatives on immigration reform and peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, is reportedly facing foes at home and abroad.
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