Jared Kushner speaks publicly for first time since the election

The White House Office of American Innovation is hosting a series of working sessions to generate ideas to transform and modernize Government Services.

At a White House tech summit that lured Silicon Valley's most powerful and obsequious, Kushner made a rare public speaking appearance to mostly say some unobjectionable stuff about floppy disks, a topic surely in the front of every American's mind.

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is headed for Israel and Palestine later this week in the first major follow-up to President Donald Trump's recent trip to the region and to discuss priorities and next steps in the search for a peace formula that has eluded every recent USA administration.

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Kushner and one of Trump's national security advisers, Jason Greenblatt, will be in Jerusalem and Ramallah to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and, separately, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and their senior advisers.

UPDATED 2:35 P.M.: This post was updated to include specific quotes from Jared Kushner's remarks. He shuns televised interviews, avoids public speeches and rarely addresses a meeting when cameras are rolling, preferring to work behind the scenes. "We are here to improve the day-to-day lives of the average citizen".

Kushner appeared eager to promote change in government, saying that he was warned that the federal bureaucracy would resist his efforts.

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While his remarks were probably noteworthy on some level, most reactions were focused on the fact that this was the first time many of us had actually heard him speak.

Kushner has also come under scrutiny for his contacts with Russians during the transition as part of the widening probes into whether Trump's team coordinated with Moscow during the election.

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