Ivanka and Jared played key roles in Mr Trump’s campaign and are now both senior advisers to the President. Ivanka is responsible for advising on women’s’ issues and Jared on strategic planning. The US President’s son-in-law was behind his new Middle East Peace Plan, which aims to end the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.
However, back in 2016, Jared was the architect of Mr Trump’s digital, online and social media campaigns.
He enlisted talent from Silicon Valley to run a 100-person social media team dubbed ‘Project Alamo’.
Jared was also responsible for hiring Steve Bannon’s firm Cambridge Analytica to support the Trump campaign.
What’s more, while the responsibility for finances was officially in the remit of the campaign chief, many people still saw Jared as holding the purse strings, according to the 2019 book ‘Kushner Inc’.
Author Vicky Ward wrote: “On June 20, [Paul] Manafort was now nominally the campaign chief, but everyone knew Kushner was the one with the budgetary power.
“He has asked for, and received, his own pot of money – and the candidate’s trust.
“Everyone knew Kushner was in charge.”
However, he may not have been the best man for the job, because he reportedly did not understand cash flow statements.
This is an extraordinary weakness for someone in such a position – and, according to Ms Ward, he nearly ran the campaign into the ground financially before it was saved by Mr Bannon.
In August 2016, Mr Trump decided to fire his campaign chief Mr Manafort and hire Brietbart’s Mr Bannon instead.
Mr Bannon’s first action was to look over the campaign’s numbers and he immediately started to find discrepancies.
Jared had told him the campaign had about $25million (£19million) on hand but Mr Bannon disagreed.
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He thought it was actually in the red, because not all the unpaid invoices and expenses had been properly documented.
What’s more, the campaign’s chief operating officer was a stockbroker not an accountant.
Mr Banon told them both: “You understand you’re broke right?”
Jared tried to dispute it, but Mr Bannon insisted they needed $50million in time for the last debate (October 19).
He added: “You guys have no earthly idea where we are financially.”
Jared still tried to dispute what he said, so Mr Bannon sat down to go through the numbers with him.
Ms Ward wrote: “It was at that moment that Bannon discovered what Kushner’s colleagues at Kushner Companies already knew: that understanding cash flow statements was not Kushner’s strength.
“He was not an ‘in the weeds’ person.”
Meanwhile, Ivanka was not able to get as involved as she would like, as she had given birth to her and Jared’s third child in March that year, and was busy nursing him and looking after her two older children.
A source from the campaign told Ms Ward that Ivanka found it “frustrating” that she could not do more.
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