President elect Donald Trump has, as expected handed a senior role to his son in-law Jared Kushner. Mr Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and was pivotal in the successful Presidential campaign. His hard work has been rewarded with a role as a senior adviser in the White house.
Though it is likely that this will cause the President elect significant problems. There are laws that strictly forbid the selection of family members by the President. Though a lawyer for Mr Trump believes that the law doesn’t apply in this instance. Though it will create more unwanted speculation and criticism in to the way that Trump has so far picked his staff. Many of his staff picks so far have been controversial. Though it’s doubtful that many will draw as much ire as this one. It is generally unheard of for a President to even attempt to bring in family members. Though as many would have already noticed, Trump isn’t for keeping with tradition.
During the transition Mr Kushner has served as a key adviser to Trump and his transition team. Meeting several key dignitaries during this time, including meeting British foreign secretary Boris Johnson. It was generally thought that Kushner would end up involved, and that these meetings were a way to work him in.
Mr Kushner himself is a well regarded businessman, and much like his father in-law has a flourishing real estate portfolio. He has also been involved in the news media, he has been a publisher with the New York Observer. Though like his father in-law he has also sworn to step away from his businesses once on power. Though it must be noted that Mr Trump has yet to step away from his businesses and had not yet set a solid timeframe for doing so.
Of his son in-law Mr Trump noted that “Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted adviser throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration,”. It is this advisory role that has helped him land a full time gig. Though it is easy to give the job out now, things may change once Trump enters office. Already on the back foot on many issues, this will be a major test of how badly he wants Mr Kushner to be in the fold. He is likely to come under extreme pressure over the selection, it will be interesting to see if he sticks to his guns.
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