Jared Kushner: is Donald Trump’s son-in-law the power behind the throne?

Jared Kushner: is Donald Trump’s son-in-law the power behind the throne? by Harriet Alexander.

E IS the smiling, Sphinx-like presence that propelled Donald Trump to victory. …

Many suspect that Mr Kushner, 35, will play a big role in the new White House team …

While some question the wisdom of appointing someone who has never been involved in politics before to such a role, Mr Kushner’s reputation for ruthlessness cannot be in doubt.

He is believed to have been behind a series of moves to fire several high-profile campaign staff members.

And when New Jersey governor Chris Christie surprisingly failed to be appointed as Mr Trump’s running mate, it was suggested that this was an act of revenge by Mr Kushner, after the lawyer successfully prosecuted his father for tax evasion 11 years ago.

On the face of it, Mr Kushner would appear to be the antithesis of his father-in-law. Vanity Fair described him as “the anti-Trump: well-mannered, reticent, self-effacing”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil