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How Jared Kushner’s Making Shabbat Exciting Again — by Letting Trump Be Trump

Since Jared Kushner became the right hand man to the leader of the free world, folks have been puzzling over his Sabbath observance, when his phone’s off and he’s incommunicado.

Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief political correspondent, offered an appropriate analogy to explain the connection between Saturdays and the palace intrigue.

Tapper hasn’t been coy in commenting on the new administration, criticizing Press Secretary Sean Spicer and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for their hard line on the media.

Kushner, meanwhile, has been seen as a brake on the president’s more impulsive and radical tendencies, urging his father-in-law not to rollback gay rights protections and assuring elites that Trump will govern as a moderate.

But that hold seems to wane when Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump are out of reach of the telephone, with the president signing his ‘Muslim ban’ and haranguing the acting director of the National Park Service over his inauguration crowd while the couple were observing Shabbat.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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