New York (CNN)News this week that Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is at the center of the infighting inside the President-elect’s transition team highlights the larger role Kushner has carved out for himself since the campaign trail.
The 35-year-old businessman-turned-political operative has had a crucial role in his father-in-law’s incoming presidency and that is only expected to increase.
A source with knowledge of this situation told CNN Tuesday that Kushner could likely end up with a top national security clearance as a key adviser to his father-in-law, a position which is expected for him
While Trump has shared much of the spotlight with his adult children, Donald Jr., Eric and Kushner’s wife, Ivanka, the real estate mogul has also taken time publicly express his appreciation for the role his son-in-law has played largely behind the scenes.
As he wrapped up the Republican nomination after a crucial victory in Indiana’s primary earlier this year, Donald Trump singled out Kushner for praise, immediately after thanking his top campaign staffers, including then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and spokeswoman Hope Hicks.
“Honestly, Jared is a very successful real estate person, but I actually think he likes politics more than he likes real estate. And he is very good at politics,” Trump said
Kushner’s reaction to his father-in-law’s flattery — bashfully tilting his head downward, blushing at the compliment — embodied the stark differences between the two men.
While both expanded the real estate businesses their fathers built, Kushner has kept a relatively low-profile despite amassing billions of dollars in properties over his decade in the cutthroat New York real estate market.
Trump cultivated his image and bolstered his brand in the New York tabloids with tales of sexual escapades, dates with models and hyperbolic valuations of real estate deals.
And his campaign has been defined by his controversial and at-times outrageous proposals and no-holds-barred tactics.
Kushner, by contrast, rarely sits for interviews and only rarely appears on television. And when he does, he doesn’t abandon his shyness and mild-mannered demeanor.
At just 25, Kushner delved into another industry, publishing, when he purchased The New York Observer in 2006, which just last week announced it would end its print edition and continue as an online-only publication.