As Donald Trump continues to assemble his cabinet, there’s talk that he’s going to appoint his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to a top-level position in the White House. Kushner, who married Ivanka Trump back in 2009, played a key role during Donald Trump’s campaign and is currently serving on his transition team. Now, it’s looking like the president-elect would like to reward him for his hard work by giving him some political power.
“Obviously his son-in-law is going to be very involved in decision making,” said Reince Priebus, Trump’s appointed Chief of Staff.
As of now, it’s still unclear what Kushner’s role will be. Analysts theorize that he will serve either as a senior adviser or special counsel.
But before Kushner could be appointed to such a role, he would have to address issues pertaining to conflict of interest. After all, he is the co-owner of his parents’ multi-billion dollar real estate company.
But interestingly enough, not everyone in the Kushner family is backing Donald Trump. Kushner, who was brought up in an Orthodox Jewish family, angered his relatives when he defended Trump’s anti-Semitic remarks. In July of 2016, Kushner published a piece in the New York Observer (a publication he owns) and revealed that his own grand parents were survivors of World War II.
“It’s important to me that people understand where I’m coming from when I report that I know the difference between actual, dangerous intolerance versus these labels that get tossed around in an effort to score political points,” Kushner wrote.
But his cousin, Marc Kushner had a very different perspective on the subject matter.
“I have a different takeaway from my Grandparents’ experience in the war. It is our responsibility as the next generation to speak up against hate. Antisemitism or otherwise,” Marc Kushner wrote in a Facebook post.
Trump still has not revealed if he will be appointing Kushner to a position within the White House. He only has a few short months left to announce what his final decision will be.