As you’ve probably heard, Jared Kushner will serve as a senior adviser to his father-in-law, President-elect Trump.
“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” Trump said in a statement.
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first. I know Kushner played a big part during the grueling election cycle, so it’s not like he’s just randomly jumping into this with zero experience. And I know he’s going to step down as the chief executive of the family business and attempt to address all other conflicts of interest in order to comply with laws and alleviate concerns, but I’ve heard a lot of people bring up nepotism. Does that apply here?
Charles Krauthammer doesn’t think so. He believes this is an “invented” problem and uses the Kennedys as an example (as you probably know, Bobby Kennedy served as the Attorney General under his brother). He goes on to say that anti-nepotism laws are designed to prevent leaders from placing completely incompetent relatives in positions of power, and that’s not the issue here. Sure, there are conflicts with the businesses that need to be addressed, but Krauthammer doesn’t believe nepotism is an issue.
Krauthammer always makes me feel better.
h/t The Right Scoop