On the eve of his inauguration, President Trump turned to his daughter Ivanka and joked that he “sort of stole" her husband, Jared Kushner.
With a trip to Iraq, announced on Monday following his arrival in Baghdad, it became clear that Kushner’s role in the Trump administration has only grown bigger since then.
Trump’s 36-year-old son-in-law seems to be everywhere for the president. He is known to advise on domestic policy and help craft foreign policy. Trump has given him special tasks as well, including an initiative to reinvent government, the type of project President Clinton gave to Vice President Al Gore, and broker peace in the Middle East, an issue that has vexed lifelong experts from every administration for decades.
The Senate’s Republican and Democratic leaders have set the stage for Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to be confirmed to the Supreme Court this week, but only after a partisan battle that likely will lead to changing the Senate’s rules.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote to send the Gorsuch nomination to the full Senate today. Debate in the Senate is expected to start on Tuesday, with a final decision by week’s end.