First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner may have Donald Trump’s ear, but until today, hardly anyone knew what the voice that spoke in that ear sounded like.
That all changed when he welcomed some of the world’s biggest tech gurus to the White House on Monday to brainstorm plans to update the government bureaucracy’s technology.
After he gave a speech that called the plans ‘very exciting,’ Twitter went wild commenting on Kushner’s voice.
HE SPEAKS: President Trump’s son-in-law and top White House aide Jared Kushner spoke at a meeting before tech CEOS on Monday
‘Kind of disappointed. Jared Kushner’s making his first public remarks and he hasn’t been hiding a cool Darth Vader voice. At all,’ snarked Karen Dalton Beninato.
Others thought he sounded exactly as they expected him to.
‘Oh my god! Jared Kushner’s voice sounds *exactly* how you’d expect it to sound,’ tweeted Kaivan Shroff.
‘You (dumb): Jared Kushner sounds weird; Me (jewish, from nj): Jared Kushner’s voice does not surprise me’ wrote New York Magazine writer Brian Feldman.
Jared Kushner gave introductory remarks at a meeting of tech CEOS assembled to talk about how to make the government’s IT infrastructure better
Another person sounded like Kushner sounded like the smartest guy in the room – if the room was in middle school.
‘It’s probably not fair to observe that finally hearing Kushner’s voice is a major let-down. Sounds like he’s giving an 8th grade valedictory, wrote Darcy Jae.
At least one person thought that Kushner’s voice lost out to the hunky Canadian Prime Minister. ‘After hearing Jared Kushner’s voice, I understand why Ivanka was staring at Justin Trudeau with those hungry eyes,’ sniped Daniel Dresden.
While Kushner has been so silent so far that Jimmy Fallon played him as a mute on Saturday Night Live, it’s a safe bet that comedians are currently practicing their ‘Jared voice’ and it may not be so flattering. Some comments bordered on cruel.
‘Who knew? Ivanka has a more masculine voice than Jared Kushner,’ mocked The Tweetwit.
Reporters were briefly allowed in the room as Jared Kushner stepped up to the podium in the Indian Treaty Room in the Old Executive Office Building
When entering government, Jared Kushner said he thought a lot of the federal workforce would resist change, but he’s found that’s not the case
Jared Kushner made remarks as his wife, first daughter and White House aide Ivanka Trump looked on
Ivanka Trump (left, in blue) greets tech executives including Apple’s Tim Cook (center) at a meeting on the White House campus Monday
MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga (left) is greeted at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Monday by first daughter and top White House aide Ivanka Trump (right)
Today, Kushner addressed top tech talent like Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, IBM’s Ginni Rometty and Apple’s Tim Cook and explained he had brought the leaders together to ‘work to modernize the government’s technology infrastructure.’
PayPal founder Peter Thiel, the president’s most vocal Silicon Valley supporter, was also in the room.
Getting personal, Kushner said he thought when he entered government, he’d find a work force that resisted change.
‘So far I have found exactly the opposite,’ Kushner said, according to White House pool reports.
Kushner said his office has been ‘working with hundreds of talented civil servants.’
‘Together we have set ambitious goals and empowered interagency teams to tackle our objectives,’ Kushner continued. ‘It’s working and it’s very exciting.’
The president’s son-in-law pointed to some of the outdated technology the government still uses, from floppy disks at the Pentagon, to data systems that are ’39 to 56 years old,’ more senior than the 36-year-old Kushner.
‘Our goal here is simple. We are here to improve the day-to-day lives of the average citizen,’ Kushner said. ‘That’s a core promise and we are keeping it.’
‘Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before,’ Kushner continued.
‘We will foster a new set of start-ups focused on gov tech and be a leader in the field making government more transparent and responsive to citizens’ needs,’ he added.
Kushner praised the Veterans Administration’s decision to move to a system of electronic health records, and said the VA would have another ‘very big’ announcement on Friday.
Blue Monday: Melania, at left meeting the President and First Lady of Panama, and Ivanka both wore sleeveless blue today
The top Trump aide added that he hoped to announce ‘a lot more very exciting successes’ in the following weeks, he said, wrapping up his remarks.
In an afternoon meeting, the president himself would address the crowd, being called the American Technology Council.
Calling them ‘special people,’ Trump explained, ‘We’re embracing big change, bold thinking, and outsider perspectives to transform government and make it the way it should be.’
‘And at far less cost,’ the president added.
Ivanka Trump arrives for the inaugural meeting in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building