Missing in action: Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner on Fox News (screengrab)

On Thursday, CNN reported that former President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has quietly vanished from the former president's newly-redoubled political activities.

"Kushner, who previously served as chief adviser-cum-micromanager with far-reaching responsibilities and had virtual carte blanche, has tapped out, say several people who worked closely with Kushner at the White House or are familiar with his thinking and told CNN on background in order to maintain relationships," reported Kate Bennett and Dana Bash. "'Right now, he's just checked out of politics,' says one person, echoing the mindset of Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, who is so over the political bubble she has told friends and colleagues of late to not utter anything to do with Washington."

"Given Trump's election loss and current out-of-power position, Kushner's absence from the aftermath follows a pattern critics have previously pointed out: being present for the wins and MIA from the losses," said the report. "A person with close ties to Kushner told CNN that Trump's son-in-law is enjoying 'some much needed time with his family,' and his retreat is unrelated to the ebb and flow of the former President's popularity."

Kushner was deputized by Trump to work on a variety of large projects. He advised the former president on criminal justice reform, and played a hand in his controversial flurry of last-minute pardons. He was also put in charge of securing peace in the Middle East.