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GOP lawmakers mock Jared Kushner behind his back — and don’t take any of his ideas seriously: report

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According to a report in Politico, presidential adviser Jared Kushner has asserted himself in the White House even more since the departure of former Chief of Staff John Kelly — and the results have not been good.

In an overview on President Donald Trump’s son-in-law taking on two monumental tasks — immigration reform and solving Middle East tensions — the report notes that Kushner appears to believe that he is being successful while lawmakers admit there is little progress.

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In meetings with administration officials and lawmakers looking for direction from the White House, Kushner’s presentations are described as “simplistic” to Politico’s Eliana Johnson.

“Kushner is presenting his political inexperience as an asset, telling lawmakers he is free of preconceived notions that stymied previous attempts,” she writes. “His air of breezy self-assurance in the private meetings he is conducting to tease his plans at times astounds the battle-scarred veterans of past such efforts. Critics complain, too, that his briefings are often woefully short on detail.”

According to the report, Kushner is a big fan of PowerPoint presentations, that are long on graphics and short on details.

“Kushner has been talking up his immigration plan with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, which detractors have derided as laughably simplistic,” the reports states, saying the slides feature simple circles next to each other, according to two Republicans who were present, with one dismissively saying, “Certainly not a McKinsey presentation. But it wasn’t purporting to be. It was a conversation opener, not a closer.”

The report also notes that Kushner only recently jumped into the leading the immigration debate because Kelly “pressed Kushner not to work on it at all” and has stepped up his efforts after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — feeling it vindicated the White House.

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Since Kushner briefly worked on criminal justice reform — which his admirers claims led to Trump signing the First Step Act into law in December — there are those in the White House who think he is an effective policymaker.

However, some Republicans who have worked with him all but roll their eyes at him.

“Some people have the belief that he had the magic touch on criminal justice. And what he did there he can do on anything else: trade, Middle East peace, immigration,” explained one unnamed Republican senator who’s met with Kushner. “He perceives himself as a dealmaker with elected senators and representatives.”

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He then added Kushner is merely trying “to get his father-in-law” on board.

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Trump personally asked what ‘tanks’ could be used to break up George Floyd protests

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast detailed how President Donald Trump himself has been behind the push to use the military to control the protests against the police killing of George Floyd — to the extent that he actually asked about specific military equipment that would be available for that purpose.

"[Defense Secretary Mark] Esper, along with other cabinet secretaries, stood next to the president during the remarks in the park after participating in an hour-long call with governors in which he said they needed to 'dominate the battlespace' to quell the protests," reported Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman, and Asawin Suebsaeng. "But three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states."

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FBI has ‘no intelligence’ Antifa was involved in Sunday’s violence at DC protests: report

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"he FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation. That same day, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, even though the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization," Ken Klippenstein reported for the magazine.

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NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."

Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?

Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt

— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020

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