Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People list


(JTA) — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were named to Time magazine’s 2017 list of the 100 most influential people.

The Jewish daughter and son-in-law of President Donald Trump were chosen in the Pioneers section, while the president also made the list under the Leaders section. Members of his administration selected include Stephen Bannon and Reince Preibus. Russian President Vladimir Putin also was named.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote in the entry on Jared Kushner, “Transitioning the presidency between parties is one of the most complex undertakings in American politics. The change triggers an upheaval in the intangible mechanisms by which Washington runs: an incoming President is likely to be less familiar with formal structures, and the greater that gap, the heavier the responsibility of those advisers who are asked to fill it. This space has been traversed for nearly four months by Jared Kushner.”

Kissinger added that Kushner has a broad education that “should help him make a success of his daunting role flying close to the sun.”

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The entry on Ivanka Trump was written by her friend of the last 12 years, Wendy Murdoch.

“Ivanka continues to earn my respect and admiration for how she has chosen to use her new visibility,” Murdoch wrote. “She has long advocated to empower women and girls and is now leading education initiatives and working to put an end to human trafficking. I am deeply impressed by her courage to leave behind life as she knew it and move her young family to Washington to pursue positive change.”

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader, also made the Leaders section. His predecessor in the post, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, said of Schumer: “The times we live in shape us in ways we never could have imagined. If there is one guarantee about being Senate leader, it’s that it is a completely unpredictable job. But whatever lies ahead, I have enormous faith in Schumer, and I am confident that he is the right man for this moment.”

Janet Yellen, chair of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve, who made the list under the Titans section as the first woman to hold “what is often viewed as the most important and powerful economic position in the world, has wielded that power deftly, with a sure but steady hand, during an enormously difficult time,” wrote American economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour was named to the list along with the three other organizers of the Women’s March on Washington.

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