The mainstream media – which never misses a moment to bash President Donald Trump – has now turned some of their attention to his son-in-law Jared Kushner, the 36-year-old husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
There appears to be a growing concern that Jared is getting too much power in The White House. While his official title is Senior Adviser to the President, it was just announced that Kushner will lead The White House Office of American Innovation, a department which has been described as a “swat team” tasked with making the government nimbler and consequently more innovative in terms of ideation and execution.
Trump has also relied on Kushner to assist in foreign relations matters including serving as the face of then-candidate Trump to foreign leaders. Trump praised his son-in-law who practices Orthodox Judaism as capable of “creating peace in the Middle East.” Due to Kushner’s interactions with foreign leaders, including some representatives from Russia, he has volunteered to testify during the House Intelligence Committee hearings investigating “Russian” interference in the 2016 election.
To a certain extent, the media’s concerns about a family member serving in The White House are understandable. However, since it is a Trump in-law, the allegations of nepotism have gotten a little excessive. I wonder what the story would be if Hillary Clinton had become President and had offered a position to her son-in-law.
Stories have been flying around all day about this latest new job for Jared. The headlines have run the gamut from everything from the Huffington Post, “The White House Announces Jared Kushner Is Now Responsible for Everything” to The Chicago Tribune with “Jared Kushner has a New Job He Likely Does Not Understand.”
CNBC took a positive approach with an article titled “Jared Kushner is probably the right pick for Trump’s innovation team,” which discusses how Kushner’s background in real estate plus his foray into publishing might be good preparation for cultivating a culture of new ideas, enhanced technology and other advancements. From CNBC:
Jared Kushner may be family to President Donald Trump, but he’s also probably the right person to lead the government’s new innovation project, said Recode executive editor Kara Swisher.
“They did put Jared Kushner there because I think Jared Kushner is someone that a lot of people in tech feel they can deal with. He’s reasonable, he has some business background. So I think he was probably the right person to put there,” Swisher told CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Monday.
Kushner — a real estate and media magnate and Trump’s son-in-law — will lead The White House Office of American Innovation, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. Kushner and other former business executives will try to run the government more like a business, and will focus on technology and data, with input from Apple’s Tim Cook, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Tesla boss Elon Musk, the Post reported.
How’s this for an idea? Why don’t the American people give Jared Kushner a chance to prove himself before they rush to judgment?
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