First President Donald Trump gave his daughter, Ivanka — who does not hold a formal position in her dad’s administration — an office in the White House West Wing. Now, he’s creating a whole new office for his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to lead.
As with his business ventures, Trump is certainly good at using a number of loopholes to ensure his entire family is placed in positions of power.
The White House Office of American Innovation, to be headed by Kushner, will be staffed by former business executives who will bring a fresh influx of business strategies into Washington — and even potentially privatize some government functions.
Kushner has boasted the “SWAT” team does not possess any direct experience with government and includes Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, Chris Liddell, assistant to the president for strategic initiatives, Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intergovernmental and technology initiatives, Dina Powell, senior counselor to the president for economic initiatives and deputy national security adviser and Andrew Bremberg, director of the Domestic Policy Council.
The new office would focus on attracting top talent from inside and outside the government and serve as a medium for business, academic and philanthropic communities. It will also have a strong focus on technology and is working with Apple’s chief executive Ti Cook, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk.
The office seeks to reform Veterans Affairs, remodel work-force training programs, fight opioid abuse and provide broadband internet service to every Americans, to name a few things.
“All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump told The Washington Post in a statement. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”
For Kushner, heading the team only expands his already very comprehensive influence in the White House. The real estate and media executive will continue to have his fingers in as many things as possible, which include giving advice to the president on domestic and foreign policies, involving relations with China, Middle East, Mexico and Canada.
Jared Kushner is about as qualified to do government overhaul as I am qualified to be a civil engineer. pic.twitter.com/BISUURSACs— Mike Flo (@polemicist_mike) March 27, 2017
Why should Jared Kushner and his wife have any influence in our American government? Our country is not a Trump enterprise.— Linda Sue Blum (@Blueberrries2) March 27, 2017
Jared Kushner having any power is like Hillary Clinton hiring Chelsea's husband to run a government agency. You'd be pissed about it too.— R. (@wanamakeittwerk) March 27, 2017
Jared Kushner will reshape the government according to Trump's business ideas:— Donald J Orwell (@DonaldJOrwell) March 27, 2017
1) Inherit a fortune.
2) Declare bankruptcy.
3) Commit fraud.
As if he hasn't filled the WH with enough incompetence now he's creating positions for the incompetent "Jared Kushner". pic.twitter.com/pN7QTwcv0R— ??Dee's Bar ?? (@DeesBar) March 27, 2017
Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law: "The government should be run like a great American company."— The No Show (@The_No_Show) March 27, 2017
Ron Howard narrator: No, it shouldn't.
Jared Kushner wants the government run like a business.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 27, 2017
If it's run like his father's business, expect Trump to be in jail soon.
Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, will also collaborate with the team to work on issues like workforce development but will not have an official role.
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