Welcome to Sneak Peek, our weekly lookahead at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, plus our best scoops.
I've summarized some of our exchanges below, but please watch the whole interview on HBO.
Jared Kushner. Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Jared Kushner — architect of the White House's Middle East plan, part of which is due for release at the end of June — casts doubt on the ability of Palestinians to govern themselves.
Driving the news: Asked whether he believes the Palestinians are capable of governing themselves without Israeli interference — a fundamental demand for Palestinians — Kushner said, "That's a very good question. ... The hope is, is that over time, they can become capable of governing."
Why this matters: Kushner, who represents a president whose actions have so far been all-in for Israel, in the interview seems to want to drive a wedge between the Palestinian people and their leadership and in so doing may make the sales pitch for his future plan even harder.
Yes, but: Kushner also said in the interview that he believes the Palestinians "should have self-determination." Barak told me he takes this as a signal that the White House plans to propose a two-state solution. Barak said it's the first time Kushner has said so this clearly.
Context: I interviewed Kushner before his trip to Jerusalem ahead of the formation of a new Netanyahu government. But he arrived in Israel to discover that Netanyahu couldn't form a coalition and to news that Israel will have another election. This will further complicate the rollout of Kushner's peace plan.
Kushner meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, June 22, 2017. Photo: Palestinian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
I asked Kushner, who hasn't had official talks with the Palestinian leadership in more than a year, whether he understands why the Palestinians don't trust him. (Since taking office, President Trump has moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, slashed all U.S. aid to the Palestinians and shuttered the Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington.)
Why it matters: Kushner's critics say he has been dismissive of the Palestinians' political aspirations — to have their own state with a capital in East Jerusalem — and that he's instead trying to buy them off with the promise of tens of billions of dollars of new investment in the Palestinian territories.
Behind the scenes: Given his commitment to secrecy, interviewing Kushner is a challenge. When I pressed him on what to expect next on the two big signature policies he's leading — the Middle East peace plan and the White House's immigration proposal — he was determined to say nothing newsworthy.
The more illuminating parts of the interview were when I asked him to set aside the details of his policy plans, which he refuses to disclose, and instead explain what he believes.
Trump talks with Kushner. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Discussing the horrific death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Kushner was noncommittal on whether Saudi Crown Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) must account for Khashoggi's body.
Why this matters: Kushner, who shares the president's view that Saudi Arabia is a crucial partner to counter Iran, has formed a close relationship with MBS and helped promote him as a great reformer. We see here that even eight months after Khashoggi's death in a Saudi consulate, the White House still refuses to publicly hold the Saudi leader accountable.
Kushner said history will remember President Trump for two things above all else:
Mike Pompeo. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Driving the news: "U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the Trump administration is ready for unconditional discussions with Iran in an effort to ease rising tensions that have sparked fears of conflict," the Associated Press' Matthew Lee reports from the scene in Bellinzona, Switzerland.
Why this matters: The Trump administration's tough stance against Iran, including sending more troops to the region, have caused some allies to fear an outbreak of war.
Trucks queuing at the Otay Mesa border crossing. April 3. Photo: Omar Martínez/picture alliance via Getty Images
"Mexico's president on Saturday hinted his country could tighten migration controls to defuse U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, and said he expected 'good results' from talks planned in Washington next week," Reuters' Dave Graham reports from Mexico City.
Why it matters: "Trump says he will apply the tariffs on June 10 if Mexico does not halt the flow of illegal immigration, largely from Central America, across the U.S.-Mexican border." Trump left it deliberately vague, and aides believe there's plenty of room for Mexico to give him a "win" and avoid tariffs.
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The House has a short week (Monday–Wednesday), as many members are traveling to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, per a senior Democratic aide.
The Senate expects to confirm the following Trump nominees, per a Republican leadership aide:
President Trump leaves today for Europe. Per The Atlantic: