Jared Kushner Breaks His Public Silence 🗣️
Kushner's 15 minutes
From prison reform to Saudi Arabia
The pre-arranged interview was meant to highlight prison reform, a policy area on which Kushner and Jones have previously collaborated. They also discussed Kushner’s path to the White House, his relationship with Ivanka Trump, and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
A "SOFTBALL" INTERVIEW:
Critics have called Kushner’s appearance a “softball” interview, in reference to Jones’ affable tone and questioning style. This side argues that Jones should have asked more hard-hitting questions, considering Kushner’s responsibilities in the Middle East, his close relationship with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and the ongoing confusion over Khashoggi.
A SUBSTANTIVE INTERVIEW:
Those satisfied with the interview have emphasized the momentous nature of Kushner’s appearance, praising him for confronting some of the week’s biggest issues in person. Jones himself has defended the interview by explaining that he wanted to give Kushner the space to say something potentially of consequence, as he typically avoids interviews.
Caution or change for US-Saudi relations?
At the time of Kushner’s interview, the official US attitude toward Khashoggi’s disappearance was one of diplomatic caution, and Kushner complied with this strategy. But on Tuesday, evidence of Khashoggi's murder was found and Trump came out calling it the "worst cover-up in history." This has led us into a new chapter for US-Saudi relations with outcomes yet to be seen.
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