Trump’s son-in-law to be senior White House advisor

Trump’s appointment of his son-in-law Jared Kushner as Senior White House advisor appears to some to be Trump’s first attempt to test a 1967 anti-nepotism law. Read about it here, in this interview with Washington University government ethics expert Kathleen Clark.

This may be a minor issue, however, compared to enormous issues of conflicts of interest that overshadow Trump and his entire proposed administration.

I really don’t get how Trump and his cronies can deny criticism of their picks. The whole deal looks shady. Advisors do not require congressional approval, and this includes very important positions like National Security Advisor, for which Trump has appointed ultraconservative nutjob Michael Flynn, and alt-right asshole Steve Bannon for Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor. Depending on the dynamics of the administration, these positions can carry as much influence as other congressionally approved positions, and if these are the kind of people we have filling these jobs then America is in store for some very dark days indeed.

I don’t know Jared Kushner. He might be a nice guy. He might be a good guy. He might be a smart guy. If he is then his smartest move would be to simply disassociate himself from this whole affair. Otherwise he opens himself up to criticism and will be complicit in whatever bullshit the Trump administration pulls in the future.

I’m betting, though, that he won’t. He’ll probably stick with it out of self-interest. There are probably ways he can profit, or else he just doesn’t want to get out of daddy-in-law’s good graces. Whatever the reason, I doubt that he’s doing it out of an inclination for public service. Like Bannon and the sniveling Reince Priebus (and Trump himself, mind you), Kushner has zero government experience.


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