In an interview with the New York Times, Swalwell was asked if he believed Israel met “international standards of human rights,” to which he responded that he supported finding a “two-state solution” between Israel and Palestine.
He also announced that he would “fire” the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, on “day one” of his presidency should he win the White House:
“Israel is a country that needs to work with the Palestinian people to find a two-state solution. I support putting the U.S. back into the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. I support increasing aid to the Palestinian people, and I’m going to fire Jared Kushner on day one because he has no business being on the job of seeking a two-state solution or finding peace in the Middle East. It requires serious scholars and a serious leader committed to making it happen.”
Swalwell — whose abysmal polling numbers illustrate he is far from securing the Democratic presidential nomination, let alone the presidency — faces an issue with his promise, however: It is incredibly unlikely that Kushner would stick around in the White House if Trump lost in 2020.
The California Democrat is one of 23 vying for the right to take on Trump as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020 and has made gun control a central tenet of his campaign.
As IJR Red previously reported, Swalwell kicked off his presidential campaign with a promise to implement a mandatory buyback program of “military-style” semi-automatic firearms and actually said he would imprison gun owners who refused to comply with the plan.