Henry Kissingers non-endorsement of Jared Kushner sure looks a lot like a put-down: Analysis

Henry Kissingers non-endorsement of Jared Kushner sure looks a lot like a put-down: Analysis

Time magazine has named top White House adviser Jared Kushner as one of its 100 most influential people. Usually, when you’re given that distinction, a magazine like Time will reach out to someone who knows you and can vouch for your superior influential-ness and prowess.Instead, Kushner got Henry Kissinger.Here is Kissinger’s write-up for Kushner, with whom he has apparently spoken a few times:Transitioning the presidency between parties is one of the most complex undertakings in American politics. The change triggers an upheaval in the intangible mechanisms by which Washington runs: an incoming President is likely to be less familiar with formal structures, and the greater that gap, the heavier the responsibility of those advisers who are asked to fill it.This space has been traversed for nearly four months by Jared Kushner, whom I first met about 18 months ago, when he introduced himself after a foreign policy lecture I had given. We have sporadically exchanged views since. As part of the Trump family, Jared is familiar with the intangibles of the President. As a graduate of Harvard and NYU, he has a broad education; as a businessman, a knowledge of administration. All this should help him make a success of his daunting role flying close to the sun.Article Continued BelowKushner isn’t the only member of the Trump team to get some lukewarm words about his job rather than himself. Former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, wasn’t exactly dispensing compliments to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (The full extent of Emanuel’s words on Priebus, the person: That the two share “Midwestern roots and unique names.”) But Kissinger comes from the same party as the White House. And if you read these two paragraphs closely, it’s not just that he’s damning Kushner with faint praise; he’s also making a very unfriendly parallel to Greek mythology.The first paragraph above says nothing about Kushner, but instead about the job he faces. Let’s take the rest sentence by sentence:

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