Trump Names Son-in-Law Jared Kushner as White House Senior Adviser

HeadlineJan 10, 2017
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President-elect Donald Trump has named his son-in-law Jared Kushner to be a senior adviser in the White House on trade and the Middle East. Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka. The appointment may violate federal anti-nepotism laws. Kushner says he won’t draw a salary from his White House position. Kusher is a wealthy real estate investor. He says he’ll sell some of his assets in efforts to avoid conflicts of interest. However, ethics lawyers say his divestment plans will not avoid these conflicts, as he says he’ll simply sell his assets to his brother Joshua or a family trust controlled by his mother. Ethics lawyer Matthew Sanderson, who served as general counsel to Senator Rand Paul’s presidential campaign, told The New York Times, “It sounds like a shell game to me.” Kushner was one of Trump’s most trusted advisers during the 2016 campaign and now during the Trump transition. He has defended Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon amid widespread charges of Bannon’s racism and anti-Semitism. Kushner is an Orthodox Jew.

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