Jared Kushner was all smiles today as he joined his father-in-law in Davos, while his wife and fellow economic adviser Ivanka Trump remained at home.
After arriving to Switzerland this morning for the World Economic Forum, Jared, 37, was seen grinning widely among the crowd, including before a meeting between President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
However, he pulled a more serious face on the sidelines of a meeting between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which the president accused Palestinians of disrespecting the United States and threatened to withhold aid worth hundreds of millions of dollars until they accede to US-brokered talks.
Cheerful: Jared Kushner was all smiles today as he joined his father-in-law in Davos, while his wife and fellow economic adviser Ivanka Trump remained at home
Happy to be here: After arriving to Switzerland this morning for the World Economic Forum, Jared, 37, was seen smiling among the crowd
At home: Meanwhile, Ivanka remained in Washington, D.C. and left for work in a blacked-out SUV around 9:30 am today
While Jared tagged along for Trump’s visit to Switzerland, Ivanka stayed in Washington, D.C.
She was seen this morning leaving the home she and Jared share with their three children in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood, heading to work around 9:30 am.
While Ivanka is often seen making the walk between her house and her parked vehicle, this morning she chose to depart directly in the car, and was only seen quickly behind the blacked-out windows.
Earlier this month, Ivanka, who like Jared is a senior White House adviser, updated her Twitter bio to read in part: ‘Adviser to POTUS on job creation + economic empowerment, workforce development & entrepreneurship.’
Yet, despite the addition of her economic adviser duties, Ivanka is not accompanying her father to the World Economic Forum this week.
In November last year, the first daughter pulled out of her father’s trip to Asia after traveling solo to Japan, after her father asked her to remain in the US to promote his tax plan.
Jared, meanwhile, did join his father-in-law during his tour around Asia, along with White House communications director Hope Hicks and First Lady Melania Trump.
Hope, Melania and Jared traveled with Trump over his 12-day journey across Asia, while Ivanka, on this occasion too, remained in D.C.
Last week, however, Ivanka and the president visited a factory in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, and toured the facility together.
Discreet: While Ivanka is often seen making the walk between her house and her parked vehicle, this morning she chose to depart directly in the car
Meetings: Jared sat next to (from left to right) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn
Entourage: Trump and Jared (pictured first from left) arrived with other members of the US delegation for the annual meeting in Devos today
Jared appeared in high spirits today before Trump met the British prime minister, and was pictured beaming before the meeting, dressed in a classic suit and tie.
Trump boasted of a ‘really great relationship’ with May on Thursday, as the pair traded compliments and tried to turn the page after very public spats.
‘We’re on the same wavelength in, I think, every respect,’ Trump said, waxing lyrical about trans-Atlantic ties and complimenting May in effusive terms.
‘The prime minister and myself have had a really great relationship,’ he added. ‘Although some people don’t necessarily believe that, but I can tell you, I have a tremendous respect for the prime minister and the job she’s doing.’
May echoed the gushing tone. ‘It’s been great to see you,’ she said, ‘as you said, we had a great discussion today. We continue to have a great relationship between the UK and the United States.’
Jared, who has been put in charge of brokering peace between Israel and Palestine, sat next to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn during Trump’s meeting with the Isreali prime minister.
In a significant sharpening of his rhetoric against the leadership in Ramallah, Trump said the Palestinians had ‘disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them.’
‘We give them hundreds of millions,’ Trump said. ‘That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace.’
Duo: Last week, however, Ivanka and the president visited a factory in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, and toured the facility together
Slipping away: Ivanka also left her home at the back of an SUV on Monday morning
Family: On Sunday, Ivanka was seen transporting boxes and bags of toys with her daughter Arabella, six
The Trump administration is pressing skeptical Palestinians to enter a US-sponsored peace process that has so far appeared to offer much to their arch-foes Israel.
Palestinians were especially enraged by Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—which for decades both sides agreed would be the subject of negotiation.
Amid deadly riots and fierce political pressure at home, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas responded by cancelling a planned meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, who visited Egypt, Israel and Jordan.
Trump insisted that he could still be an honest broker.
‘We have a proposal for peace. It is a great proposal for the Palestinians,’ Trump claimed, adding that Israel would also be forced to make concessions.
But the US president also doubled down, saying he would move the American embassy to Jerusalem as soon as next year, despite no suitably sized building existing.
‘We anticipate having a small version of it open sometime next year,’ Trump said.
Netanyahu warmly welcomed Trump’s ‘historic decision’, saying it ‘recognizes history, recognizes a certain reality, built on the basis of truth.’
The Isreali prime minister later said he was willing to enter talks, despite earlier dismissing the idea of the creation of a Palestinian state.
‘Yes I am ready for peace, I explained that to president Trump,’ Netanyahu said. ‘I reaffirmed my willingness and Israel’s willingness to engage in an effort to achieve peace with the Palestinians, an effort that is being enhanced by this very able team.’