Trump says son-in-law could facilitate Middle East peace

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President-elect Donald Trump met with staffers from The New York Times on Tuesday and reportedly indicated that he believes his son-in-law could be instrumental in helping to resolve Middle East conflicts.

The media outlet's Washington Bureau Chief, Elisabeth Bumiller, tweeted, "Trump [said] Jared Kushner could help make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians."

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: IvankaTrump attends NBC's 'Today' Trump Town Hall at Rockefeller Plaza on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: (L-R) Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Kai Trump, Melania Trump, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Tristan Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump pose onstage during NBC's Today Trump Town Hall at Rockefeller Plaza on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are seen on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Team GT/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are seen on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Team GT/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are seen on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Team GT/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are seen arriving home from the hospital with their newborn on March 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tal Rubin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: Ivanka Trump is seen arriving home from the hospital with her newborn on March 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tal Rubin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are seen on March 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tal Rubin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are seen on March 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tal Rubin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are seen on March 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tal Rubin/GC Images)
Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican Presidential candidate, center, speaks as wife Melania Trump, right, and daughter Ivanka Trump, left, listen during a South Carolina primary night rally in Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Trump, the brash New York billionaire who has upended all the rules of modern campaigning, won Saturday's South Carolina primary in a decisive fashion that shrinks the prospects of his Republican presidential rivals to stop his march to the nomination. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Businesswoman Ivanka Trump attends Glamour's 25th Anniversary Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, right, and his children Ivanka Trump, executive vice president at Trump Organization Inc., center, and Eric Trump, executive vice president at Trump Organization Inc., attend the Republican presidential candidate debate at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. The sixth Republican debate comes at a time with less than three weeks before Iowa caucus-goers cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential election on February 1. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Ivanka Trump attends 2015 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Glamour)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Ivanka Trump attends the 18th Annual Accessories Council ACE Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attends the 9th Annual Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 21, 2015 in Briarcliff Manor City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump leave the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party at State Supreme Courthouse on April 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 'Woman In Gold' New York premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on March 30, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attends the 8th Annual Eric Trump Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 15, 2014 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 07: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump attend the Carolina Herrera Fashion Show with GREY GOOSE Vodka at the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 7, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for GREY GOOSE)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the Eric Trump Foundation's 6th Annual Golf Invitational Benefiting The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 10, 2012 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the Yahoo! News/ABC News White House Correspondents' Dinner Cocktail Reception at the Capital Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attends the 5th annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 13, 2011 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend Ivanka Trump's Fine Jewelry Boutique opening at on December 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21: Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, arrives with husband Jared Kushner, owner of the New York Observer, at the Appeal of Conscience Foundation dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria on September 21, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Tim Boxer/ Getty Images)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attends the 5th annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 13, 2011 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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Meanwhile, her colleague Maggie Haberman wrote on Twitter about the president-elect, "I asked PEOTUS what role he sees Kushner playing. Indicates formal role unlikely but he could be a player on Mideast peace."

A USA Today report points out that "Kushner is an Orthodox Jew and Trump's daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism before they were married."

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Trump: Jared Kushner could help make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
“I would love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians, that would be such a great achievement."
"Syria, we have to solve that problem," Trump says. Adds he has a "different view than everybody else."
"I don't think we should be a nation-builder," Trump says of the US role in the world.
"I had a great meeting with President Obama," Trump says, says he never met him before. "I really liked him a lot."
"He said very nice things after the meeting and I saidvery nice things about him," Trump says of Obama.Says he didn't know if he'd like him.
"I think he's looking to do absolutely the right thing for the country in terms of transition," Trump says of Obama.
'He did tell me what he thought were the biggest problems, in particular one problem," Trump says. Won't say what that was.
"I feel comfortable," Trump says of adapting to the job.
Trump on GOP leaders @McConnellPress & @SpeakerRyan: "Right now they’re in love with me. Four weeks ago, they weren’t in love with me"
Asked point-blank about Nazi conference in DC over wknd: @realDonaldTrump tells @nytimes "of course" "I disavow and condemn them"
Trump is asked about concerns from minority groups about Breitbart News’s coverage under Steve Bannon. His reply: https://t.co/FBqCGwQpBr
"Paul Ryan, right now, loves me. Mitch McConnell loves me," Trump says. Then says, "I've liked Chuck Schumer for a long time."
Trump: “If you see something or you get something where you feel that I’m wrong, I'd love to hear it. You can call me. Arthur can call me."
"A lot of people are coming to his defense right now," Trump says of Bannon. Reince voices support too at conference table.
On Bannon:"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."
Trump on Bannon: "I think it's very hard on him. I think he's having a hard time with it. Because it's not him."
Trump: "Breitbart is just a publication."
Trump says "in theory" he could continue signing checks at his company, but he is "phasing that out now" and giving to his kids.
"In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly. There's never been a case like this,"he says of his tangles
"I'd assumed that you'd have to set up some type of trust or whatever and you don't," Trump says.But he adds "I would like to do something."
"I might have brought it up," Trump says of Farage meeting and wind farms.
Trump acknowledges the DC hotel he owns is "probably a more valuable asset than it was before." Says the brand is "hotter."
"My company's so unimportant to me relative to what I'm doing." Trump.
What about selling your company? “That’s a really hard thing to do, because I have real estate."
Conflicts of interest? Trump says: “If it were up to some people, I would never, ever see my daughter Ivanka again."
Trump on his businesses/conflict q's: "The law's totally on my side, the president can't have a conflict of interest."
"I think it would be very very divisive for the country," Trump says about prosecuting the Clintons.
"My inclination would be for whatever power I have on the matter is to say let's go forward.This has been looked at for so long, ad nauseum"
That last tweet was Trump making clear he doesn't favor prosecution. Added people could argue the Clinton Foundation has done "good work."
On climate change, Trump says he is also thinking about "how much it will cost our companies” & the effect on American competitiveness.
Does Trump think human activity is linked to climate change? “I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much."
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In terms of the long-running Middle East conflict in general, Trump is quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying, "As a deal maker, I'd like to do...the deal that can't be made. And do it for humanity's sake."

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