The appeals court rejection on Thursday of Trump’s ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations is "a sweeping rebuke of the administration’s claim that the courts have no role as a check on the president,” says The New York Times.
In addition to the lesson on checks and balances, Trump apparently is learning that he can’t just change longstanding foreign policy on a whim.
Trump reversed himself on Thursday night, telling Chinese President Xi that the United States in fact will honor the 44-year-old “One China” policy.
Trump’s understanding apparently is being facilitated by Jared Kushner, his 36-year-old son-in-law.
Despite Kushner's lack of traditional foreign policy experience, he's become the primary point of contact for presidents, ministers and ambassadors from more than two dozen countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, The Washington Post reports.
Some of the leaders who have dealt with Kushner say they've found him to be a good listener and courteous intermediary who quickly intuits the core of their issues and can facilitate meetings throughout the administration.
“Everyone is trying to get to know Jared Kushner,” says the ambassador from one U.S. ally. Many ambassadors are loath to put even their positive thoughts about Kushner on the record for fear of jeopardizing what's become their most important contact in Trump’s Washington, says the Post.