Source: News Bharati English24 Nov 2016 17:23:27
Washington, Nov 24: US President-elect Donald Trump believes that his son-in-law, an Orthodox Jew, may help further peace between Israelis and Palestinians, The Jerusalem Post said quoting Trump’s remarks with the The New York Times on Tuesday.
Suggesting a government role for his family member, Trump said that Jared Kushner, the husband of his daughter Ivanka Trump, may somehow be involved in a Trump administration-led Middle East peace process, during a meeting with top editors and reporters from the newspaper at their New York City headquarters.
“I would love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians,” the President-elect said, according to one Times reporter present at the meeting. “That would be such a great achievement.”
“Jared Kushner could help make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” tweeted another during the interview.
Kushner is reportedly seeking a role in the West Wing under his father-in-law, but faces an obstacle: a 1967 law prohibits public officials from hiring family members for positions over which that official would hold authority.
Kushner was a trusted adviser to Trump during his campaign for president.
Trump was also asked to address the growth of a movement known as the alternative- right – which self-associates with white nationalism, nativism and antisemitism – and tracked alongside his political rise.
“It’s not a group I want to energise. And if they are energised, I want to look into it and find out why” he said.
“Of course,” he then added, “I disavow and condemn them.”
White nationalist, proto-fascist and neo-Nazi groups came out of the woodwork to support Trump’s unconventional campaign for president over the course of the last year, for one reason or another seeing in his cause their own. But while Trump has disavowed their support in the past, his choice for chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon – who once proudly ran the “platform for the alt-right” website Breitbart.com – caused alarm among Jewish and civil rights groups.
“I think it’s very hard on him. I think he’s having a hard time with it. Because it’s not him,” Trump said of Bannon. “Breitbart is just a publication. If I thought he was a racist or alt-right, or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn’t even think about hiring him,” he added.
In the wide-ranging interview, Trump appeared to reiterate his “different view” on the Syrian crisis and on the wisdom of further American involvement there. During his presidential campaign, Trump said the US should coordinate with Russia and Syrian President Bashar Assad against Islamic State terrorists, echoing the positions of those governments that identifying which rebel groups are moderate and which are radical cannot be done with confidence.
“Syria, we have to solve that problem,” he told the Times team.