US President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will be named senior adviser in the White House. In order to avoid conflicts of interest, Kushner will have to leave his many businesses.







Trump and Kushner

Trump and Kushner Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Monday), US President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team officially announced that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will be named senior adviser in the White House. Kushner will deal with Middle Eastern affairs as well as trade issues and will be the youngest senior adviser in Trump’s administration. His wife Ivanka Trump will not receive an official role.

To avoid any potential conflicts of interest, Kushner will have to leave his real-estate company and his role as publisher of the Observer. He will have to face other legal criteria to prove that his appointment is not one of nepotism. The anti-nepotism laws prevents the appointment of family members.

Kushner’s businesses have become largely public since Trump’s election. The New York Times reported that Kushner closed a deal with a large Chinese financial group that has ties to the Chinese government. Kushner’s family businesses have brought in billions of dollars as a result of deals with foreign companies. This could potentially complicate his appointment due to the fear of conflicts of interest.

On Wednesday, Trump is expected to hold his first press conference since November’s elections.