Kushner and other allies are working to carve out Trump’s legacy

IIn a crowded meeting room on the fourth floor of an office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks from the White House, there was an alternative version of Washington on Monday, where Donald Trump’s legacy was uncomplicated by his storage of classified or classified documents . He refused to admit that he had lost the election and caused a violent blockade of the Congress.

Over lunch boxes and binders filled with policy documents, a group of the former president’s foreign policy advisers gathered to mark two years since the launch of the Abraham Accords, an initiative to normalize economic and diplomatic relations between Israel and a handful of Arab states and easing decades of animosity over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser during the Trump administration, spoke on stage about how he would support efforts to persuade countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco to formalize their diplomatic relations and trade with Israel facilitated. obstacles. Dozens of copies break history, Kushner’s recently published book about his time in the Trump White House was displayed on a table outside the room.

The event was hosted by the America First Policy Institute (AFPI), a think tank founded by former Trump administration officials to promote domestic and foreign policy ideas of the Trump administration so that they could be advanced by a Trump-aligned Congress or the future. Administration.

While Kushner praised the Trump administration’s work in the Middle East, he did not address the multiple investigations into the former president, including the probe into Trump’s transfer of thousands of pages of sensitive government documents with him to Florida when he left the left the White House; or the investigation he continues to face over the efforts of his allies to create groups of fraudulent voters to nullify legitimate election results; Or the continuing work of the Jan. 6 commission, which is investigating Trump’s role in efforts to stop violent college electoral vote counting so Trump can stay in power. Late Monday, New York times It reported that the Justice Department issued about 40 subpoenas in the past week for information about the actions of Trump and his associates in connection with the 2020 election and the Capitol attack.

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Kushner’s appearance coincided with a flurry of speculation about why Trump arrived in the Washington, DC area unannounced on Sunday night, with some Trump critics speculating that the seemingly surprise visit was a sign of his mounting legal troubles. On Monday, Trump wrote on his Truth Social that he was in the area “working” at his golf club in Virginia. “Today I work in Trump Washington DC on the Potomac River. What an incredible place! Trump wrote.

Kushner described investigations into Russia’s election meddling and Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden as distracting from the work he was trying to do.

“I wrote a lot in the book about investigations and attacks and what it was like in that environment,” Kushner said. “In Washington, it’s kind of a time game, in the sense that you have to do everything you can while you have the opportunity and the other side does its best to either frustrate you, attack you or stop you. “

“You have to know how to look at the price and get there,” he added.

Kushner’s talk and subsequent discussion session were part of a broader effort to pursue the Trump administration’s policy goals, even if Trump himself does not regain the presidency, said Marc Lauter, an AFP spokesman and director of strategic communications for the Trump administration. Campaign 2020. The institute’s work is “designed to highlight the successes we’ve had, but also pave the way for the next America First administration and/or leadership, whether in Congress or hopefully in the White House is,” says Lothair. “We are preparing the groundwork for any candidate who wants to lift the mantle of America First.”

Kushner lamented that the Abraham Accords did not formally bring in more Muslim nations, although the Biden administration has largely embraced them, one of the few policy areas in which Biden has not worked in contrast to the achievements of the previous administration.

While Trump did not attend his son-in-law’s speech, the former president was still a topic of discussion. During a panel discussion after Kushner’s remarks, Robert O’Brien, Trump’s last national security adviser, recalled telling Trump that the work he had done in the Middle East and other regions made him a “peacemaker.” will remember O’Brien repeated this to Trump on Trump’s last day in office, weeks after Trump encouraged an armed mob to march on the Capitol. O’Brien said he was among the people who said goodbye to Trump when he left the White House on January 20, 2021. At that moment, O’Brien re-introduced his line about Trump being a “peacemaker.” “Remember when I said that? O’Brien remembers. “He said, ‘Well, you might be right.’

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