Kushner reportedly close to nabbing key White House role

Miami /
Nov.November 17, 2016 01:30 PM

From the New York website: Jared Kushner is close to being selected for a top advisor position in Donald Trump’s White House, potentially as a senior adviser or special counsel. He could even be tapped for an informal but influential role.

White House chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Trump counselor Stephen Bannon are pushing the 35-year-old Kushner Companies executive to join his father-in-law’s inner circle, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Kushner has played an integral and influential role in the Trump campaign and is considered his eyes and ears inside the continually shifting transition.

It is not clear, however, if anti-nepotism laws that ban the president from appointing family members to a job in an “agency” apply at the White House, according to the Journal. To avoid the issue, Kushner has indicated he would not take a paycheck for any work at the White House.

In order to address the kinds of potential conflicts of interest that are swirling around his Trump, Kushner’s lawyers are weighing possible “structures” that could include placing his real estate firm into a blind trust that he would have no control over.

Experts have questioned the efficacy of blind trusts when it comes to real estate firms, considering the tangible nature of their properties.

Kushner would also forego receiving any income or payments from his real-estate and media companies, people familiar with his thinking told the Journal. A top White House post would likely mean that he and his wife, Ivanka, would relocate to Washington, D.C. with their three young children.

Despite a history of animosity between Kushner and former transition-team chairman Chris Christie, sources told the Journal that decision to bump the New Jersey governor from his leadership role was made by Bannon, who was unhappy with the presence of lobbyists on the team and the conviction of two Christie aides in the Bridgegate scandal.

Kushner in recent months has named former head of acquisitions and capital markets Laurent Morali as the new president of Kushner Companies. He’s also been reaching out to potential cabinet members such as Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, as a potential member of the education team. [WSJ] – Rich Bockmann


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
A rendering of the project and Nicole Kushner Meyer (Kushner)
All in on Miami: Kushner pays $21M for Edgewater site of planned apartment tower
All in on Miami: Kushner pays $21M for Edgewater site of planned apartment tower
Laurent Morali and renderings of the project (Kushner Companies)
Kushner Companies wins approval for four-tower mixed-use project in downtown Fort Lauderdale
Kushner Companies wins approval for four-tower mixed-use project in downtown Fort Lauderdale
Eric and Lara Trump with 502 Bald Eagle Drive in Jupiter (Getty, Google Maps)
Trump town: Eric and Lara buy home near Don Jr. in Jupiter
Trump town: Eric and Lara buy home near Don Jr. in Jupiter
Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Jeffrey Soffer and former President Donald Trump (Ebyabe/Wikipedia, Getty, iStock)
Gambling portability a no-go in Florida this year for Jeffrey Soffer, Trump
Gambling portability a no-go in Florida this year for Jeffrey Soffer, Trump
Gil Dezer (Photos by Sonya Revell)
The Closing: Gil Dezer
The Closing: Gil Dezer
Gustavo Miculitzki, Laurent Morali and Charles Kushner with a rendering of their Wynwood project
Kushner starts construction on first South Florida development, scores $80M loan
Kushner starts construction on first South Florida development, scores $80M loan
Brad Parscale and 2319 Desota Drive (Getty, Google Maps)
Brad Parscale, ex-Trump campaign manager, sells Fort Lauderdale home
Brad Parscale, ex-Trump campaign manager, sells Fort Lauderdale home
Donald Trump with sons Eric and Don Jr. and 1125 South Ocean Boulevard (Getty, Google Maps/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)
Trump lists beachfront mansion next to Mar-a-Lago for $49M
Trump lists beachfront mansion next to Mar-a-Lago for $49M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...