U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will become a senior White House adviser working on trade and the Middle East, transition officials said on Monday.

Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is taking the post after receiving legal counsel that doing so would not violate U.S. anti-nepotism law, transition officials said.

Democrats immediately called for a review of the appointment, citing nepotism laws and potential conflicts.

Jared Kushner, (35), a property developer with a wide range of business interests, played a key role in the presidential campaign and his new White House job will cover both domestic and foreign policy.

However the position, unlike Cabinet posts, does not require U.S. Senate confirmation, and Kushner will not be paid.

On an earlier occasion, Mr Trump hailed his son-in-law as a “tremendous asset” and he was proud to give him a “key leadership role” in the administration.

Donald Trump , the New York businessman will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America on 20 January.

What is the nepotism law?

  • Prevents public officials from promoting a relative “to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control”
  • Was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967
  • Thought to have been prompted by JFK’s appointment of brother Robert to attorney general post in 1960
  • The law would stop a president from giving a Cabinet job to a relative
  • But whether it applies to non-Cabinet posts like advisers is untested

by col3neg

published Date 2017-01-11