Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s 36-year-old son-in-law and senior adviser, is among the most visible and influential members of Trump’s inner circle.
In fact, Ivanka’s hubby has been described as someone with a “Rasputin-like power” over the president.
Kushner is often seen at the commander in chief’s side. A silent partner. Seen but not heard.
“I don’t talk to the press,” Kushner told Forbes magazine in November, shortly after Trump was elected president.
But now the silence has been broken.
In his first public remarks since Trump’s election, Kushner welcomed top technology company executives for a brainstorming session at the White House on Monday and addressed the audience.
“Many warned me bureaucracy would resist any change we tried to implement. So far I’ve found exactly the opposite,” said Kushner. “The goal is simple here, to improve the day-to-day lives of average citizens. That’s a core promise and we are keeping it.”
Does Kushner’s voice sound more like “Darth Vader” or Pee Wee Herman?
Decide for yourself.
By Monday afternoon, “Jared Kushner” was trending on Twitter.
‘It’s probably not fair to observe that finally hearing Kushner’s voice is a major let-down. Sounds like he’s giving an 8th grade valedictory, wrote Darcy Jae.
“After hearing Jared Kushner’s voice, I understand why Ivanka was staring at Justin Trudeau with those hungry eyes,’ sniped Daniel Dresden.
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” parodied Kushner in a sketch a few months ago. Jimmy Fallon portrayed Kushner and never uttered a word during the skit.
In April, HBO’s John Oliver also poked fun at Trump’s right-hand man for his tight-lipped stance, suggesting there was something “odd” about Kushner.
“Because for someone with the amount of power that he has, have you ever heard him speak? Seriously, what does his voice sound like? You don’t know do you?”
Oliver took the gag one step further, dubbing in comedian Gilbert Gottfried’s voice over Kushner’s moving lips.
“He’s brilliant because he’s quiet? Just because you don’t talk does not necessarily mean you’re thinking of something amazing. It can just mean you’re sitting in a meeting staring blankly at people’s moving lips thinking about why baby cats aren’t called “cattens” or whether old goldfish might have peanut allergies but since they don’t ever eat peanuts, we’ll just never know,” joked Oliver.
On Monday, MSNBC reported on Kushner’s remarks to the technology conference by reaching back into the archives and revisiting the clip from Oliver’s show.
Host Brian Williams picked up the gag where Oliver left off during the evening news broadcast of “The 11th Hour.”
“We heard from the actual Jared Kushner today … what’s news here is that he used his voice to speak … we have not heard his voice before,” said Williams.
Watch HBO and MSNBC poke fun at Kushner: