15 Sep. 2016
Canton, UNITED STATES
Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump, seen here with Stephen Bannon, will be named Donald Trump's senior adviser, media outlets reported Monday, a potentially thorny choice in the face of anti-nepotism law.
Like Trump, Kushner is a New York-based real estate developer with a wide net of business dealings that could pose potential conflicts of interest. Kushner, who married Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, in 2009, helped guide Republican Trump in the November election. The 35-year-old emerged as an important voice early in Trump's campaign and was involved in almost every aspect of it, from key personnel decisions to strategy and fundraising.
Kushner spearheads his family's real estate development company, Kushner Companies, and is the publisher of the New York Observer weekly newspaper, which he acquired at age 25.
It was unclear how any Kushner appointment would be affected by a federal anti-nepotism law that prohibits a president from hiring family members to serve in his administration.
Kushner is working with lawyers on how he would have to divest and distance himself from his family's business if he were to take a role in the Trump administration, the New York Times reported.
"Honestly, Jared is a very successful real estate person. But I actually think he likes politics more than he likes real estate," Trump said of Kushner, standing to his right during a victory speech after the Indiana party primary election in May. "But he's very good at politics."
Kushner emerged as an important voice early in Trump's campaign, launched in June 2015. He was involved in almost every aspect of Trump's campaign, offering advice on key personnel decisions, strategy, speeches, fundraising and other areas. Late in the campaign, he began laying the groundwork for a possible Trump-run television network, in the event his father-in-law lost, according to a person familiar with the matter. Kushner spearheads his family's real estate development.