Behold: Jared Kushner Speaks Aloud on Morning Television

He got roped into a segment with his wife, Ivanka Trump.

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Though he has plenty of competition, Jared Kushner (opens in new tab) is one of the most mysterious people in the White House. He holds several positions: son-in-law to the president, senior advisor to the president, founding director of the Office of American Innovation, and occasional envoy to Iraq (opens in new tab). And one ever hears the guy speak.

His silence is such a marked characteristic that Saturday Night Live joked about it (opens in new tab) in a recent episode. "Jared, I've sent you all around the world to represent me, and nobody's heard you speak. You're like a little Jewish Amelie," said Alec Baldwin in character as President Trump.

His muted history explains why his appearance on CBS This Morning was so unexpected. The morning crew were filming in the White House's East Room when they pulled in President Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump (opens in new tab), for an impromptu segment.

Then her husband got roped in as well. Though he wasn't fully miked, the hosts demanded he speak. "Can we please get a microphone for Mr. Kushner?" asked Gayle King. Kushner demurred until Charlie Rose yelled out a question: How was his walk on the mall last night with his wife?

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"Beautiful. Great company. Beautiful scenery," Kushner said, in what may be his television interview. Thrilling!

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