From the files of not normal: Jared Kushner is running the government

by Patty Templeton

News you need to knowJared Kushner is President Trump’s son-in-law. He is also Trump’s Senior White House adviser and the head of the Office of American Innovation, a Trump-created office to reduce federal bureaucracy.

Why this is not normalThere are such things as anti-nepotism laws that ensure that a president cannot reward friends or family with jobs. Yet, the Justice Department concluded that Trump giving a son-in-law a high-ranking position in a White House “office” instead of an “executive agency” didn’t count as nepotism.

Since being appointed, Kushner has been tasked with advising Trump, revamping the Department of Veterans Affairs, reforming the criminal justice system, brokering peace in the Middle East, improving ties with Mexico, and shrinking federal bureaucracy. Each of these tasks could take decades for entire government agencies to succeed at. Trump gave them all to an inexperienced real estate investor, Kushner. Trump trusts almost no one to get anything done and because of that, he spreads his inner circle so thin that they won’t get anything done, either.

Don’t think Kushner can accomplish all that? He’ll scare you into thinking he can. Kushner hired Hollywood publicist Josh Raffel (who has promoted horror hits like “The Purge” and “Insidious”) to work for the Office of American Innovation.

Maybe Raffel can ruffle up enough noise to cover up the newly-released fact that Kushner omitted meeting Russian officials on his Questionnaire for National Security Positions paperwork before Trump hired him.

Patty Templeton


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