Before introducing Donald Trump to roughly a dozen Republican lawmakers at the Washington law offices of Jones Day jordan 6 unc black , U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions paused to acknowledge the man he said had facilitated the closed-door talks.
He said it was Jared Kushner, a 35-year-old real estate investor and newspaper owner, who had suggested the get-together last month, arguing that it would enable Trump to win more allies on Capitol Hill, according to a person in the room.
Kushner is also Trump's son-in-law, having married the Republican presidential front-runner's daughter Ivanka in 2009.
A real-estate tycoon like his father-in-law jordan 6 unc pre order , Kushner has emerged as one of a very few advisers as Trump seeks the Republican nomination to the Nov. 8 election, according to five people close to Trump.
It is especially rare given that Trump styles himself as his own best adviser and has said he consults only a few people despite a promise to hire the country's top minds once he becomes president.
While "well respected," Kushner has no official campaign role, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said. She confirmed however that Kushner had helped with the Sessions meeting and had informally advised the candidate on Israel and in other areas.
In an interview Kushner's friend David Schulhof, founder of a music publishing company, cited a level-headedness and listening skill that would make Kushner a calming influence.
This could be helpful to Trump jordan 6 unc 2017 , 69, who entered the race 10 months ago hailing his having never held public office as an asset, but whose campaign has been rocked by turbulence over remarks offensive to women, Muslims, immigrants, party loyalists and others.
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They also say Kushner can use friendships like the ones he has with media mogul Rupert Murdoch and billionaire Ronald Perelman as a bridge to influential people with whom his father-in-law is not close. Neither Murdoch nor Perelman would comment for this story.
An Orthodox Jew, whose wife Ivanka converted to Judaism before they married, Kushner and his family have connections to Israel. Along with his father, also a prominent real-estate developer Men's Air Jordan 6 Retro UNC Black University Blue 384664-006 , Kushner was listed in a 2015 report by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as a benefactor for its real estate committee, which required a donation of at least $36,000 to the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group.
Kushner's parents donated $20 million two years ago to a medical school campus in Jerusalem now named after them.
Using his family and business ties, Kushner arranged a series of meetings for Trump during