Jared Kushner speaks in public and Washington takes notice

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner leaves a note at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on May 22.

Many were starting to wonder if Jared Kushner actually had a voice in Donald Trump's administration - and even more were questioning if the silent-but-always-present White House adviser had a voice at all.

His voice is common enough to those working in and around the White House, but Kushner on Monday gave rare public remarks.

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga (L) speaks with Ivanka Trump as tech company leaders gather at a summit of the American Technology Council at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on June 19, 2017. He shuns televised interviews, avoids public speeches and rarely addresses a meeting when cameras are rolling, preferring to work behind the scenes. "Together, we have set ambitious goals and empowered interagency teams to tackle our objectives". "It's working and it's very exciting". He pledged that "by modernizing these systems we will meaningfully improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans".

It will be the first major peace push by the White House since Trump visited the region last month.

The official said the talks will "continue conversations" begun by Trump during his May visit to the Middle East, and will concentrate on "priorities and next steps" in the peace process.

Kushner, who reportedly will arrive in Israel on Wednesday, is scheduled to meet in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority P resident Mahmoud Abbas.

Kushner spoke Monday about efforts to update how the federal government functions, addressing fellow members of the Trump administration and business leaders, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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