Jared Kushner — the president’s son-in-law, senior White House adviser and “de facto second Secretary of State” — reportedly can’t be bothered to learn about international alliances.
According to a new Politico Magazine report, Kushner showed little interest in maintaining long-standing U.S. alliances, especially in Western Europe.
“He told me, ‘I’m a businessman, and I don’t care about the past. Old allies can be enemies, or enemies can be friends,’ so the past doesn’t count,” one official told the magazine. “I was taken aback. It was frightening.”
Kushner has taken an unusually active diplomatic role, and was reportedly the driving factor behind the controversial White House effort to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Longtime State Department officials have complained for nearly a year about the inexperienced Kushner’s role, which they see as a direct threat to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Kushner reportedly worried Tillerson by engaging in secret talks with the Saudi crown prince, which the Secretary of State fears could “tip the region into chaos.”
“This administration is unconventional in so many ways,” said one top official from the Middle East.