KEY POINTS

  • Kushner was notably absent on Trump's list of advisers at CPAC
  • The son-in-law was blamed by Trump for his loss in the 2020 election
  • A source predicted Kushner would likely be welcomed as an adviser if Trump launches a 2024 bid

There may be contention brewing between former President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner after his son-in-law was not seen at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. 

Jared Kushner, husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, was notably absent on a list of advisers assisting the former president in his plan to re-enter the political scene. 

Under the Trump administration, Kushner served as a senior adviser and had a hand in domestic policy, foreign policy, staffing, national security, budget, the coronavirus response and other pressing matters.

“He was an 'expert' in everything,” a former colleague noted

Several people who worked closely with the former adviser said Kushner “tapped out” of politics, echoing Ivanka’s reluctance to utter anything related to Washington to her cronies. 

“Right now, he’s just checked out of politics,” a person familiar with Kushner’s thinking told CNN

While many were taken aback by Kushner’s absence at Trump’s strategic roundtables, two sources who spoke to CNN said the former president’s relationship with his son-in-law has been fractured since the November election. 

In the last several weeks, sources have claimed that Kushner was often blamed by Trump for his loss to Joe Biden. “We know the boss isn't going to blame himself,” a source said, referring to Trump’s defeat. 

During his tenure under his father-in-law, Kushner orchestrated much of the government’s response to the economy, immigration and the COVID-19 pandemic. But while he was known to speak favorably of situations that went well for the Trump administration, he and Ivanka were frequently absent during events embroiled in turmoil. 

In 2017, Kushner and his family vacationed in Colorado when the former president’s health care plan failed. A year later, Ivanka and Jared were seen relaxing in Florida amid a government shutdown. 

In 2019, when Trump came under fire after he made disparaging comments about Jews and Democrats, were enjoying some downtime in Wyoming. 

One of the sources predicted that Kushner would likely be welcomed as an adviser if Trump launches a 2024 bid. And several people who talked to CNN also noted that Kushner is still interested in brokering peace deals in the Middle East. 

“He is trying to be someone you would go to on the Republican side to put a deal together,” a person familiar with Kushner’s career said.

Kushner reportedly may also want to get involved with criminal justice reform, including reviving parole in the federal prison system, which was removed in 1984 In this file photo from August 31, Jared Kushner speaks at Abu Dhabi airport following the arrival of the first ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE In this file photo from August 31, Jared Kushner speaks at Abu Dhabi airport following the arrival of the first ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE Photo: AFP / KARIM SAHIB