Kushner’s Holocaust survivor grandparents invoked to defend his Mideast record
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Kushner’s Holocaust survivor grandparents invoked to defend his Mideast record

After Biden criticizes his role in the region, Trump campaign says president’s son-in-law was instrumental in moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as he attends a working breakfast with US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (Susan Walsh/AP)
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as he attends a working breakfast with US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (Susan Walsh/AP)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign defended senior advisor Jared Kushner’s record on Middle East peace by citing his work to engineer the US embassy move to Jerusalem and the fact that Kushner’s grandparents survived the Holocaust.

“Jared, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, was instrumental in moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,” the campaign said in a statement Friday.

The statement came in response to a video clip released by CBS in which former vice president Joe Biden suggested that Kushner brought little expertise to his role as a Mideast peace broker. The clip is part of an interview due to air over the weekend on “60 Minutes.”

In the interview, Biden was asked about Trump’s unsubstantiated charge that he assisted his son, Hunter Biden, who served on the board of a Ukrainian company beset by corruption allegations. Biden claimed his son had done nothing wrong before turning to a question about whether Trump’s children have acted properly.

Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Rochester, New Hampshire, October 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Kushner and his wife, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, both serve as senior advisers in the White House. Trump is also alleged to have steered government business to Trump properties now run by his sons, Don Jr. and Eric.

“The idea that you’re gonna have — go to the extent that he has gone to have our, you know his children, his son-in-law, et cetera, engaged in the day-to-day operation of things they know nothing about,” Biden said.

“You don’t think that Jared Kushner should be negotiating a Middle East peace solution?” interviewer Norah O’Donnell asked.

Biden laughed. “No I don’t. What credentials does he bring to that?”

Kushner has yet to unveil the “vision” for Middle East peace he has been working on for over two years. Palestinians dropped out of the process in 2017 after Trump announced he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

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