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“I’ve been studying this now for three years. I’ve read 25 books on it, I’ve spoken to every leader in the region, I’ve spoken to everyone who’s been involved in this.”
— Jared Kushner, who developed President Trump’s new Middle East peace plan, told Sky News Arabia that he’s read 25 books about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Rudy Giuliani’s 31-year old son, Andrew Giuliani, makes $95,000 per year working for the White House as “liaison to the sports community,” CNBC reports.
“Is there anything that qualifies Jared Kushner to be dealing with any of these issues? He’s an unsuccessful real estate developer who inherited millions of dollars and married the president’s daughter. He’s completely unqualified. This is gross nepotism and it’s just an embarrassment that he has any power at all.”
— Jeffrey Toobin, quoted by The Hill.
“A Daily Beast examination of public records reveals that there are at least 20 families, joined by either blood or marriage, in which multiple members hold some federal post or appointment. They include the families of some of Trump’s most prominent campaign supporters and agency officials, including one cabinet officer. The posts range from senior White House staff to more ceremonial and advisory positions.”
The Hill: “Eleven members of Congress have paid family members from their campaign accounts so far this year. … The practice has also come under increased scrutiny since the election of President Trump, who installed his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner into top White House jobs. Neither takes a salary, but both wield significant power as senior advisers to the president.”
“I wish that he would get them out of the way so that we could have a professional staff at the White House on policy issues.”
— Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), in an interview with KBTX, saying that it would be in President Trump’s “best interest” if he “removed all of his children from the White House.”
“Nepotism is kind of a factor of life… We might be here because of nepotism, but we’re not still here because of nepotism. You know, if we didn’t do a good job, if we weren’t competent, believe me, we wouldn’t be in this spot.”
— Eric Trump, in an interview with Forbes.
The anti-nepotism law apparently has an exception if you want to work in the West Wing because the president is able to appoint his own staff. Of course, this came about to stop maybe family members from serving on the Cabinet, but the president does have discretion to choose a staff of his liking. … So if that is true and that legal advice holds then that will open up a realm of possibilities.
— Kellyanne Conway, on “Morning Joe” asserting that Donald Trump’s family members could be included on the White House staff.