Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is all but running foreign policy during Trump’s transition to the Oval Office, while also serving as CEO of his family business and doing deals with a companies closely tied to the Chinese government.
A New York Times report on Kushner’s conflicts of interest makes clear that they’re at least as numerous and complex as those of his father-in-law, the future president. Kushner has a loan from an Israeli bank under Justice Department investigation. He does business with a Chinese company that the Obama administration has blocked from acquiring some American hotels out of security concerns. Investors in some of his projects have benefited from a federal program that hands out US visas in exchange for hefty investments in American companies.
Even if Kushner were just Trump’s son-in-law, this would be troubling: Trump will have authority over a wide range of federal programs and regulators that could affect Kushner’s business. But Kushner is much more than just a relative. He’s a trusted adviser, serving as a go-between for the president-elect on foreign policy and laying the groundwork for a role in the White House.
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