Longtime Trump Organization legal advisor Jason Dov Greenblatt was named special representative for international negotiations to President-elect Donald Trump, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Greenblatt, an Orthodox Jew, has been at the Trump Organization for 20 years.
He will spearhead Trump policy on Israeli-Palestinian issues, trade and Cuba, CNN reported](http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/23/politics/trump-appoints-his-business-attorney-to-manage-international-crises/)
Like many other Trump appointees, Greenblatt’s foreign affairs credentials are slim. He was an adjunct professor of management at Yeshiva University from January 2015 until May 2016. He studied law at New York University and got his BA in English from Yeshiva University. He has self-published three travel books, including one about a family trip to Israel.
In April Greenblatt told the JTA he stays informed about Israel via email alerts, American Israel Public Affairs Committee materials and a weekly radio program featuring Malcolm Hoenlein, the CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
He added that his last contact with Palestinians was when he served as a guard at a West Bank settlement yeshiva in the 1980s.
He suggested at the time that the U.S. could create safe havens for Syrian civilians fleeing civil war by “borrowing land” in neighboring Turkey and Jordan.
President-elect Donald Trump has named his longtime attorney Jason Greenblatt, who also has advised him on Israel, to the position of “special representative for international negotiations.”
It was not immediately clear whether Greenblatt’s position would be based at the White House or within a Cabinet agency and what exactly would be his mandate. It was also unclear whether it will dovetail or clash with the office of the U.S. Trade Representative or the work done by other U.S. negotiators on a range of issues.
The decision to appoint Greenblatt was first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday. In a statement confirming the appointment Tuesday, Trump said Greenblatt would be “assisting on international negotiations of all types, and trade deals around the world.”
Greenblatt is the chief legal officer and an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, and he has spent two decades at Trump’s side, advising him on a range of business and legal affairs, both domestic and international.
“Jason is one of my closest and most trusted advisers,” Trump said. “He has a history of negotiating substantial, complex transactions on my behalf, as well as the expertise to bring parties together and build consensus on difficult and sensitive topics.”
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