January 9, 2017
Donald Trump is planning to appoint son-in-law Jared Kushner to a presidential advisory position, aides said Monday, arguing that nepotism laws do not apply to White House appointees.
Trump appeared to confirm the Kushner appointment in short question-and-answer sessions with reporters, telling them that “we’ll talk about that on Wednesday” at a scheduled news conference.
Aides said the husband of Ivanka Trump is working to wrap up his own business affairs in preparation for a move to Washington.
Kushner “is spending a lot of money on lawyers and compliance lawyers and has a real interest in bringing what has been tremendous business acumen and political instincts during the campaign into the White House as a senior adviser to his father-in-law the president,” incoming presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told USA TODAY.
I get that he’s a human shield, because Trump can’t immediately go all out against the Jews.
And I’ve said I am not going to criticize Trump’s decisions until after the 20th.
But I would be a whole lot happier if this was not happening, I can tell you that.