The question has come up, again and again, just how much influence will Donald Trump’s children have on the direction of his policy and administration?
Trump, himself, has said that he would leave controlling interest to his children in a “blind trust,” and fully commit to the presidency.
With that being said, I have to ask, how is Ivanka going to run the business from Washington, D.C.?
CNN is reporting that Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are house hunting in the D.C. area.
The couple’s planned move with their three children reflects the expectation that Kushner will serve as an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump in some capacity, though the precise role — potentially complicated by nepotism laws — remains to be seen.
“I think Jared Kushner, obviously [Trump’s] son-in-law is going to be very involved in decision-making,” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said on NBC’s “Today” show the week after the election.
Kushner was also present with Trump when he first visited the White House after his victory, and was seen walking through the White House grounds and talking with current White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.
So Ivanka and her husband are big leftists. The eldest Trump daughter met with climate change nutter, Al Gore, at Trump Tower today.
She has previously pushed for – with her Dad’s approval and to a cheering crowd of supposed conservatives at the GOP convention – cradle to grave, big government overreach into the lives of Americans.
Kushner also has significant business interests in New York City — a real estate developer like his father-in-law, he owns a prized skyscraper on 666 Fifth Avenue which was acquired in a troublesome deal, and owns other valuable properties in the New Jersey and New York property markets.
Ivanka Trump, who likewise wields significant influence in the Trump world, was thought to be a contender for an advisory role in a potential administration during the campaign. She delivered a well-received speech on her father’s behalf at the Republican National Convention in July, helped shepherd the campaign’s rollout of a childcare tax credit policy, and was a fixture of the Trump campaign’s tight-knit circle of advisors.
But the president-elect has signaled that he may look to put his adult children in charge of managing his sprawling business empire while he serves as president. Trump is planning a December 15 news conference to provide details about his plan for his businesses.
Everyone should pay close attention to that conference. The president-elect risks falling into significant conflicts of interest if he allows his daughter and son-in-law to serve as both advisers and arbiters of his business interests.