Kushner: Palestinians not yet capable of governing themselves

Saul Bowman
June 4, 2019

"They're not going to judge anything based on trusting me or trusting anyone else", said Kushner. The effort faltered after Trump announced in 2017 he would move the USA embassy to Jerusalem.

Swan moved to interrupt but Kushner pushed on.

In his interview with Axios, Kushner also defended the president against accusations of racism. Trump has always been friendly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Pompeo addressed perceptions that the administration has a pro-Israel bias in the recording. "I think we have a good chance, but we'll see what happens", he told reporters at the White House, before departing for the United Kingdom. He instead repeatedly responded: "I wasn't involved in that". "And I do think that in order for the area to be investable, for investors to want to come in and invest in different industry and infrastructure and create jobs, you do need to have a fair judicial system, you need to have freedom of press, freedom of expression, tolerance for all religions".

"This has taken us longer to roll out our plan than I had originally thought it might - to put it lightly", Mr Pompeo said. "I'm running three companies, I'm helping run the campaign".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempted to tamper down expectations of the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan in a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The Bahrain conference "will facilitate discussions on an ambitious, achievable vision and framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people and the region", the White House said last month.

Former head of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub - who's been a visible nemesis of Trump's since he left the office over the President's behavior - called the interview "amazingly bad", adding that it further illustrates Kushner's unfitness for a high level government position.

"He may be right", Trump told reporters outside the White House.

"Like I said, I wasn't involved in that", Kushner replied.

Asked if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must account for the body of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Kushner said he's still waiting for results of an investigation.

"I don't know. It's hard to do hypotheticals, but the reality is that we were not given anything that was salacious", he said. "We are working on an investigation to get to the bottom of what happened", he said.

Swan pressed Kushner on the topic, asking if Trump's repeated questioning of President Obama's birth certificate was bigoted (according to the Washington Post, Trump began peddling the conspiracy theory in 2011, and he did not abandon the idea until 2016)."Was birtherism racist?" asked Swan.

Members of the media offered their own two cents about the interview, disapproval that was primarily centered on Kushner's inability to answer questions in a straightforward fashion.

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