Jared Kushner Discusses Ongoing White House Agenda Items…

A relatively rare interview with a key senior advisor and emissary for President Trump, Jared Kushner. Topics include: the upcoming chief of staff position; federal prison reform and the first-step act; and the ongoing dialogue in the middle east.

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80 Responses to Jared Kushner Discusses Ongoing White House Agenda Items…

  1. 🍺Gunny66 says:

    Well, that is actually the first time I have ever heard him speak

    Quite impressive . Well spoken, seems extremely intelligent, and straight forward.

    Looks kind of “geekish”, but when he speaks his tone and vocabulary maintains your attention.

    Actually, to a point, made Hannity sound like a “rube”

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  2. wondering999 says:

    Liked this interview. Mr. Kushner is very well-spoken and clear.

    About prison reform, Mr. Kushner emphasizes that it is costly to house non-violent prisoners who could be outside, going to work, and doing better things in their community. I would add that it is also expensive to guard people, and when that is necessary, it needs to be done right — for everyone’s safety including the guards.

    Hannity mentioned very high recidivism rates (70% or higher?) and Kushner brings up the strategies to get prisoners back on track: treatment for mental illness and addiction, job and vocational training.

    About Middle East issues, Kushner said that the Israel/Palestinian conflict has gone on for way too long, and there is no reason for children to have their life opportunities ruined while fighting the wars of their grandparents.

    This makes sense to me as an American. For people steeped in Old World cultures that place a high value on keeping revenge cycles going, letting go of old conflicts will be challenging. I completely agree, though, that it is possible for everyone over there to have a much better life if they choose it. Appreciate Jared Kushner’s efforts to make sane, productive activities happen, and adding my prayers that his efforts will be successful

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    • Mike says:

      70% of Criminals return to crime because its how they make their coin. The only remorse is getting caught.

      The only reason this bill is advancing is the cost is crushing local, state and federal government. When 30% of federal inmates are are illegals, state and local percentage equal or higher is why we build the wall and control immigration.

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      • southernsue says:

        crime and incarceration is big business for the gov
        prisons being built
        guards that guard the prisoners
        all that work in the prisons
        lawyers hired
        cops to get the bad guys
        judges,people that work in the court house with the judges and trials
        i could go on and on
        you get the picture

        lots of big business in the criminal arena

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        • Judith says:

          It’s almost like those high-density “workforce” housing units, aka Sanctuary Cities, that sprang up out of nowhere for all those imported slave laborers.

          I can’t help but wonder who the globalists built all these prison cells for. When they criminalize freedom of expression as a “hate crime” you can see where this is going next.

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        • TrumpFanFLA says:

          “lots of big business in the criminal arena”

          True. Privately-owned & operated (by “prison industry” corporations) prisons have been building & running prisons for awhile now (like the fake post office which hasn’t been run by the govt for decades but by private corporations; even NOAA weather is not govt. anymore, etc.)

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      • Deusvulture says:

        Yeah Mike but how is it that the return to crime rate is the highest in our country?

        Like our election system, that is full of fraud, another part where our country is 3rd world quality.

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    • law4lifeblog says:

      This phony prison reform scam heaps benefits on criminal illegal aliens to help them return early to the “community” and “rehabilitate” in places they have no right to be. They should serve full sentences and be directly deported, but Javanka wants to shower them with taxpayer funded privileges and benefits.

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      • TrumpFanFLA says:

        That’s what happens when women rule… they want to pamper the criminals & take guns from the law-abiding (saw twitter-news about a month ago that Lara Lea Trump & Pam Bondi were the two anti-gun’ers who got gun laws changed in FLA!! They were being highly congratulated by whoever wrote the tweet, but I don’t recall who that was).

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  3. D Daily says:

    Where’s MAGA in that agenda?

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    • Ospreyzone says:

      Exactly.

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      • TrumpFanFLA says:

        I second your “Exactly.” Swamp Draining & Stopping massive immigration (legal & illegal) were the main #MAGA promises.

        =====
        From further above:

        –“treatment for mental illness” > via druggery no doubt = more $$ for Big Pharma.

        Criminals don’t have “mental illness.” They simply have “bad attitudes” & need their butts kicked… hard & long.

        –“and addiction” > Ditto, get them off “street drugs” & get them on RXs so Big Pharma can reap the profits they missed with the “street drugs.”

        Why don’t they detox while IN prison, anyway, & “kill two birds with one stone”? Save govt. $$!

        –“job and vocational training” > They get that IN prison, too; plus GED school if they need it.

        Rather than pampering them on the outside, send them to boot camp to learn discipline & get rid of their “chip on shoulder” bad (& entitled) attitudes.

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    • wodiej says:

      Helping nonviolent offenders get reform and rejoin society is good for all. If you can’t figure that out then you have no business asking the question.

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      • Alligator Gar says:

        Personally, as a member of a family who has lost a cousin to substance abuse, I have never seen such a thing as a “non-violent” criminal.

        Drug dealer? Nope. Not non-violent. Ask the destroyed family about that. They deal death and destruction. That’s pretty violent.

        Drug addict? Nope. Not non-violent. Ask the family members that they rob, cheat, steal, etc. from to get money for their habit.

        There are no non-violent criminal offenders. I’ve been in and around law enforcement and corrections long enough to know that. You should know that, too, or you shouldn’t be answering D Daily’s question, wodiej. More life experience is what you need.

        Now, if you are talking about “thought crimes” such as the zeks committed in the USSR, then, yes, I would agree those are non-violent. We have few of those in US prisons, however, and I rather doubt Babycakes “666HouseNumber” Kushner is talking about that.

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        • Deusvulture says:

          What’s your solution?
          Jail for life?
          Tough jail life to make tougher?
          Or training them to be able to do a job?

          We are the worst in the world when it comes to crime and the rates how offenders return to crime…

          If you know so much about it..why is it that way?

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          • EggsX says:

            Kate Steinle’s killer is a non-violent offender according to the system.

            We have been using gun possession and drug laws as a means to keep violent criminals off the streets for decades. These criminals commit violent acts but plea to the non-violent ones because they are easier to litigate. They already get a reduced sentence than if we went through the hassle of prosecuting the violent offense – which many of them would beat, Steinle’s family can tell you that.

            Sadly, some people aren’t violent (yet are criminals) but get lumped in with the violent offenders taking plea deals and receive extra harsh punishments.

            I am not sure if there is a way to thread the needle of helping the not so bad ones without disproportionately releasing a lot of dangerous violent criminals with them because the system can’t distinguish between the two because you can only consider what crimes they were found guilty of.

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      • EggsX says:

        Many violent offenders take a plea deal for the non-violent crimes because it is easily provable, it gives a reduced sentence, and saves the the judicial system the hassle of adjudicating the violent offense (risking witnesses, juries, etc). To the system these people are ‘non-violent’, but they are far from such.

        The system cannot separate the good ones (real non-violent criminals) from the bad ones (the violent criminals that plead for a reduced sentence).

        I have no idea what they are thinking with this criminal justice reform bill. If you let criminals out, you will get more crime. California had the 3 strikes you’re out law because of the recidivism problem of criminals generally. Who represents the victims?

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        • flova says:

          There is also the question of motivation. Pres Trump is motivated by a pragmatic compassion. Van Jones, on the other hand, is not. He was quite clear on why he wants prisoners with felonies off the hook for their crimes, and it has nothing to do with separating violent and non-violent criminals, which is a ruse.

          Why Kushner and Trump would allow this communist into the WH who has done more to destroy our law enforcement heroes to the point that no one wan s to be a police officer anymore, is mind boggling. Mix poison with food, and poison wins every time,

          January 2017 Conan O’Brien show:

          From YouTube:

          Conan: “You think that certain kinds of reform in our system would actually change, uh, the electoral process, drastically?”

          Van Jones: “Absolutely, um, we lost Florida, Democrats lost Florida, if African-American men had not been disqualified from voting by disproportionate arrests for drugs and by disproportionate convictions for drugs, we would have won Florida in a landslide.

          You have some Southern states where 30 percent of African-Americans, especially men, can’t vote because they have drug felonies[.] … [I]f you care about the environment, you have to care about incarceration, because African-Americans are disproportionately incarcerated, disproportionately stripped of our right to vote, and then, therefore, can’t show up at the polls to vote for Democrats[.]”

          It’s all about the votes, people. From his very communist lips.

          No one wants their tax dollars paying for criminals to languish year after year in jail. So find a continent somewhere and ship them there. It’s the only solution. Alice Johnson is a rare exception but of course she becomes the poster woman for this nonsense. Kim K should have kept making sex tapes.

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          • Lost says:

            Alice Johnson worked logistics to transport literal tons of hard drugs for many years. She makes a terrible “poster woman” for this nonsense. Although perhaps she’s the perfect poster woman, because nobody cares about the details. They just shut off their brains when the media says “nonviolent” and refuse to think about reasons why society might want to incarcerate nonviolent offenders for a long period of time.

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        • motreehouse says:

          McConnell, once a holdout, calls for Senate vote on criminal justice reform.

          He explained that recent changes to the bill, such as preventing some violent criminals from benefiting from its rehabilitation programs, had won over enough conservative holdouts to bring the measure to the floor, potentially by the end of the week.

          “At the request of the president, and following improvements to the legislation that has been secured by several members, the Senate will take up the recently revised criminal justice bill this month,” said McConnell. “I intend to turn to the new text as early as the end of this week.” Also “Members should either prepare to cooperate and work together — or prepare for a very, very long month,” McConnell warned.

          The bill could likely pass the Senate with the combined support of Republicans and Democrats, but GOP leaders have resisted moving legislation that doesn’t have the support of conservatives in their party. President Donald Trump has asked for this bill to be done by the end of the year, however, putting pressure on leaders to make changes.

          Text of the new version of the bill had not been released as of Tuesday morning. It is expected to include changes proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to address conservatives’ concerns.

          Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, one of the plan’s biggest critics said Tuesday. “I look forward to debating this bill on the Senate floor and introducing amendments to address its many remaining threats to public safety.”

          https://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/article222943125.html

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          • starfcker says:

            “At the request of the president, and following improvements to the legislation that has been secured by several members, the Senate will take up the FULLY FUNDED BBORDER WALL bill this month,” said McConnell. “I intend to turn to the new text as early as the end of this week.” Also “Members should either prepare to cooperate and work together — or prepare for a very, very long month,” McConnell warned.” I confess, I made that up.

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      • law4lifeblog says:

        Wodiej…..are you aware that drunk drivers are “nonviolent offenders”? Are you aware how common drunk driving is among illegal aliens, and that this bill heaps untold privileges and benefits on criminal illegal aliens, who should never return to the community but instead should be deported?

        “If you can’t figure that out then you have no business asking the question.”

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        • Austin Holdout says:

          I haven’t read the bill so, like everyone here, I’m commenting mostly based on the Kushner interview. What I heard him say was that the bill calls for

          1. Eliminating violent offenders from consideration. I agree with the points that have been made about how plea deals can skew that. I don’t think any of us know whether the bill would have reviewers looking at the whole file ie. Actual crime committed or only the offense of record. That matters.

          2. AFTER there is a pool of inmates who are in the non-violent category (again it matters how they get the classification) THEN, inmates are ranked by who is most and least likely to commit more crimes. There is a very significant amount of data about what kind of person is not amenable to changing and what sort of crimes people tend to feel compelled to repeat. My understanding is that child molestation, for example, has the highest recidivism rate. If the data we have is used to identify safe inmates to try to rehabilitate (versus trying satisfy political agendas), it could be a net positive.

          Because it’s the government, politics and partisan agendas will play a role, as they do in everything else the government touches. As with every law, what matters to me is whether it does more good than harm.

          I don’t think any of us even have the bill, so I’m not sure how any of us could be so resolute in our opinion that we would feel comfortable telling other commenters they have no right to ask questions. I know I am not alone in enjoying the collegial forum Sundance has created for us to discuss issues we are either passionate about or want to learn more about from other thoughtful Patriots. I wish we wouldn’t let snide remarks about other commenters seep into our discussions here.

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      • Wait a minute woodiej, back in the early 90’s I went back to college to learn the IT side of computers (I was a heavy equipment operator & not getting younger). There was a young woman who had gotten out of prison (drug charges) and her college was paid for, books, computer, & all of her supplies were paid for. I had to pay my own way through and because my husband was working & we didn’t qualify for any help. So the way it looks to me is that the criminals once again get all the benefits and law abiding citizens get the shaft. The criminals should have to pay society back for their college education just like the law abiding people have college debt that HAS to be repaid. What this is showing is if you want a free college education then get busted for dope.

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        • wondering999 says:

          sherry that’s aggravating, I agree.
          Something else that aggravates me, though, is that so many children go through primary school without learning how to read and how to do arithmetic. We aren’t getting what we pay for with our taxes — the money is going sideways.

          I’ve heard illiteracy/prison statistics are high. Don’t know who put together this website linked below, but it provides statistics that some 60% of inmates are functionally illiterate? Surely we could do a better job before juveniles become adults?

          http://www.invisiblechildren.org/2010/11/18/75-of-inmates-are-illiterate-19-are-completely-illiterate-ruben-rosario/
          “Ruben’s statistics: 85 percent of all juveniles who come into contact with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate. So are 60 percent of all prison inmates.

          Inmates have a 16 percent chance of returning to prison if they receive literacy help, as opposed to 70 percent for those who receive no help. This equates, according to the study, to taxpayer costs of $25,000 per year per inmate and nearly double that amount for juvenile offenders (California & New York spend over $200,000 per year on juveniles in their juvenile justice systems).”

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      • TrumpFanFLA says:

        Spoken like a true bleeding liberal (@ wodiej). Will you volunteer your neighborhood, I hope, to house all the “let on the loose” criminals?

        ====
        @ Alligator Gar > THANK YOU! re “there are NO non-violent criminals”! (except “thought crimes”).

        Correct on both counts!

        And lol at your final sentence. Many #Maga folks never trusted the “Democrat couple” from the beginning. Evidently neither does John Kelly. I saw a “Breaking911” tweet that he has kept notes of everything Kushner has ever said to Potus (at least while at work, I presume).

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    • Well, we actually have a labor shortage at the moment, particularly in lower skilled jobs such as fast food, retail, road crews. If you can get some of these people in jail back to work, it could kill two birds with one stone. Get them out of jail and productive, fill job vacancies.

      However, there is some type of program like this here where I live. My observation is that many of these ex-convicts have very poor social skills and attitudes. There were some in the Earthfare Health Food store. I mean, this man in the produce department who was very sullen and not very friendly. But, he did respond to questions and went and got some more lettuce heads. Later, I saw him standing right outside the front door of the store smoking a cigarette..hmmm….not good. I have not seen him again.

      So, I don’t know. Alice Johnson was an exception…there are many more like her I am sure, but many more like the guy in Earthfare. I don’t know what type of training/counseling would be needed to help them develop a more social personality.

      In terms of Kushner: he is very bright and well-spoken. I watched a lengthier interview he had with Van Jones, also. I know this is stupid and irrelevant, but do you think he shaves?

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  4. Jenevive says:

    I am still not sure what I think of Jared Kushner..yes he is well spoken
    but I don’t know..

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    • smiley says:

      leaves me cold.

      always has.

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    • smiley says:

      …and easily swayed by the Saudi bromance.

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      • wondering999 says:

        smiley, do you think Kushner has more of a “bromance” than Dubya or Reagan did? I acknowledge that Saudi is a violent and alien culture, but our leadership has enmeshed our country with theirs for decades now. If the leaders are only now discovering what the Saudis do to dissidents, wow they have been clueless haven’t they?

        I see Kushner as a realist, and I am glad that he was able to successfully negotiate with the Saudis on many important issues, and make some progress. Too much avoidable misery in the Middle East, and if someone can negotiate effectively and improve conditions, hey, this is excellent. I am sorry if Kashoggi met a violent end but… still busy mourning little Jessica Chambers in Mississippi, who the media was unconcerned about

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  5. wodiej says:

    Excellent discussion and one way overdue.

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  6. Now I Am Really Confused. says:

    “They are playing government”- General John Kelly. I guess it wasn’t Bannon who was doing the leaks Shrugs!

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  7. MVW says:

    Polished. Poker face, good for negotiations. Even temper, useful for emotionally charged encounters. Smart, focused. Seems to have a good heart, but is practical.

    I did not sense a hidden agenda. ‘What has worked,’ ‘Tried & proven solutions.’

    A real asset. Finally, look at his kids, compare to the Obamas…

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  8. teaforall says:

    Jared was great during the interview. He has dine alot for the Presidents agenda, which is never reported by the MSM. Jared is someone who gets the job done and is not a attention whore (someone who needs to be praised all the time)Mexico just gave his a award for his his input with USMCA. Stop reading the press they are nothing but FAKE NEWS. Jared is doing his job to KAGA

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    • Judith says:

      You can tell Jared is the real deal by the way he handles Vanity’s baited, leading questions. Jared simply doesn’t do “tit for tat,” so he deftly avoids that mud wrestling pit. Vanity almost seems relieved when Jared tiptoes around those FOX- scripted “hair on fire” snares.

      The difference in interviewing technique is that Jared easily compartmentalizes his emotions, moving them aside to make his points.

      Too many of us, due to our anger of varying temperatures, simply cannot rise above the fray. Instead we join in the fracas, which is always counter-productive.

      Cooler heads will prevail. I am relieved that POTUS has Jared as his wingman.

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  9. magagirl says:

    What a smart man!

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  10. railer says:

    Kushner is impressive and has an impressive temperament. I can’t even watch Hannity and I watched all of this. I can see why this kid was attracted to the Trump family and Donald Trump’s orbit. He’s a clear thinking guy, focused, a safe pair of hands who will come back with the goods. Plus he stays out of the limelight, obviously by choice, which is a good thing. He’s executing policy, and it’s Trump’s policy.

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  11. D Daily says:

    Let’s finish the wall and repeal o’care first. Then we can indulge the Kushner’s liberal agenda.

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    • lemmus1 says:

      I concur with your priorities but that doesn’t require that all else waits

      …the bill implements a Texas reform bill that has seen proven success and was originated by Texas conservatives …read the article through to the end before you pass judgment

      https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/inside-jared-kushners-personal-crusade-reform-americas-prisons/story?id=53901143

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      • D Daily says:

        The vote on prison reform is being pushed for this Friday. Is the fix for the middle-class tax cuts being pushed with the same intensity to happen in these last days of a Republican-led Congress? Maybe it’s the approaching doom of doing my taxes without being able to take personal deductions that’s getting to me. But I think prison reform could be done later. Time is running short!

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        • lemmus1 says:

          …tax reform appears dead because there is no way the Dems are going to give Trump the votes he needs …but Prison Reform is possible because enough of them support it to get it through both chambers

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          • D Daily says:

            But Republicans have the majority in both houses for a couple more weeks. Why take up this short remaining time with liberal causes?

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            • lemmus1 says:

              …since when is saving billions of taxpayer dollars a “liberal cause” …you sound like Pelosi saying the wall is a “right-wing cause” …both are, or should be, “bipartisan causes”

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  12. I REJECT the premise of what defines a “Prisoner” and or a “Felon”. Who defines felony? I know how it USED to be defined. But what about now? I believe Silvergate got it right: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6611240-three-felonies-a-day

    The truth is the Left has deeply corrupted the US Justice system. We must be VERY careful not to lump victims of the Deep State and the Stalinist Left entrapment schemes into the same basket as a murderer, rapist, burglar, etc.

    I am not a drug user, nor do I think drugs need to “be legal” but consider this: The Feds now define having 2 marijuana cigarettes above a certain weight as “Possession with intent to distribute” Really?? That’s a 10 year max sentence! More craziness is the definition of “Money Laundering” under title 19 M.L. is taking a dollar THEY SAY you obtained illegally and spending it on a gumball at the 7-Eleven. It carries 5 years. Imagine this: You are a pastor at an Evangelical Church. (You know- a terrorist) You give a sermon on Sodom And Gomorrah. (Hate speech) A parishioner drops a $5 dollar bill into the plate. (Larceny by trick) You take that dollar to the coffee shop and have a nice hot black coffee. (Money Laundering). You leave a tip. (conspiracy to commit money laundering) and your waitress becomes an Unindicted Co-Conspirator.

    Madness you say? You had better be careful. Be VERY careful. The Left loves to imprison, and steal your stuff. The richer the target the “more bad” his crimes.

    PS Do you think Muller is the only creep in the Justice System that seeks a crime first in order to get a conviction, booty, fame, etc? NO WAY!! That is the NORMAL Fed these days.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Yes what was the story again with Martha Stewart? Why was it necessary to lock up Martha and keep her from working?

      A neighbor told me that in the 1900s one of his relatives was put in jail for having a debt (debtor’s prison). Insane isn’t it, to imprison someone for having debts… keeping him from earning money to pay back debts… and paying to keep him from working? Nutz.

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  13. lemmus1 says:

    “The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” Ayn Rand

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    • Judith says:

      If justice were blind we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Justice isn’t black or white. It’s green. Poor people get jailed and rich people get bailed. Case in point: Hellary and the swamp.

      I’m not in favor of drug addicts on our streets but, gee whiz, when your government deals the drugs, then who’s on first here? The whole thing is a racket and if POTUS can bust it up, then I’m fine with that.

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  14. Jane Smith says:

    I like John Kelly…he seemed to bring control and discipline to the White House.
    He probably stood up to the President one too many times and is out because of that.
    One of the reasons that I voted for President Trump was that he said that he liked to be presented with dissenting views and make his own decision from disparate views.
    Now, he just seems to want to surround himself with Yes-People…perhaps he is getting burnt out from all of the attacks and negative coverage.
    I wouldn’t have lasted a week.

    The Shawshank Redemption comes to mind.
    “Get busy living or get busy dying”.
    It would cost a lot less to give every prisoner being released a one-way vacation to their Caribbean destination of choice.

    Has there ever been peace in the Middle East?

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  15. ezpz2 says:

    I wonder if some of Jared’s motivation for prison reform is the fact that his father was (is?) in prison, compliments of Chris Christie.

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  16. wondering999 says:

    Several years ago a gentleman by the name of Mike Mullins was out trying to drum up support for Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky. Mullins ran a summer literacy camp and wanted funding and volunteers. When I listened to Mullins, he told me that reading instruction seems to fail many boys in particular and that Hindman would do anything necessary to help students to master reading skills. Mullins said if they could only learn while standing on their head or rolling around the floor or doing jumping jacks well then that was what they would work with. He just wanted them to learn to read so they could hold down jobs and read the Bible.

    Mullins passed away from a heart attack but I still remember his drive for literacy for rural kids whose public schools weren’t able to help them get ahead. Mullins said that a lot of kids who don’t learn to read will struggle emotionally and socially, and way too many end up in prison. He was talking mostly about rural Appalachian youth, however I suspect his observations would apply in other areas of the country as well. There IS a “school to prison pipeline” and it involves schools that don’t match up with the needs of the kids. Then we end up with incarcerated kids which is extremely expensive in a multitude of ways.

    Good luck to Jared Kushner’s initiatives here. I hope they are successful for the sake of the next generation of Americans

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