The Strange Set of Rules Jared Kushner Has to Follow as Trump’s Son-in-Law and Employee
As most men who marry into close-knit families will likely tell you, developing a relationship with your father-in-law is crucial. If you’re lucky, you create a good one.
While we don’t know all the ins and outs of Jared Kushner’s relationship with father-in-law Donald Trump, we do know he acts as more than just a son-in-law to the president. These are the odd rules and situations only Kushner encounters as Trump’s son-in-law and employee.
1. He attends both family and government events
He’s expected at Christmas dinner, as well as the state dinners the Trump organization has yet to hold. Kushner is Trump’s senior adviser, which holds him responsible to attend meetings dealing with government affairs. This means Kushner, along with wife Ivanka Trump, are eating with the president for many of their meals, whether it is a family McDonald’s run or a government affair.
Next: He was granted this as senior adviser, but many contested it.
2. He (sort of) has security clearance
Both Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have enjoyed the perks that come with being both family members and White House staff. One of those perks included security clearance — until recently. John Kelly, White House chief of staff, announced his plan to overhaul the security clearance process at the White House. This overhaul affected Kushner, who reportedly told his White House colleagues he didn’t want to give up his high access.
Kushner would sit in on the daily intelligence briefing, which Kelly reportedly contested. But Kelly said Kushner would “still have the access he needs to do his job,” The Washington Post reported.
Next: We’re curious how holiday dinners go for the family.
3. He backs Trump’s decisions — even those that go against his beliefs
Trump vowed to end the “war on Christmas” back in 2015. “If I become president, we’re going to be saying Merry Christmas at every store,” he promised his supporters. The statement, which proved controversial in and of itself, became even more so when considering Trump’s family and their religious beliefs. Both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner practice Judaism.
Kushner appeared to break a law of Judaism to fulfill one for his government role. He and Ivanka Trump asked for unique permission to break the rules of Shabbat to fly with the president to Saudi Arabia. Observant Orthodox Jews do not travel by car, plane, or any motorized vehicle on the Sabbath. The couple reportedly got special permission from a rabbi.
Next: Kushner has had to make a few difficult decisions with his conflicting roles.
4. His family vacations become government feuds
As Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Kushner was taking the president’s grandkids on a family vacation in Aspen, Colorado. As the president’s adviser, Kushner was shirking his responsibilities amid a Cabinet crisis. The president was reportedly upset that in the midst of the floundering health care bill, Kushner and his family went on a skiing vacation.
5. He has 2 jobs
Some outlets speculate that Jared Kusher and Ivanka Trump might head back to their private business endeavors in New York. Kushner, a real estate investor, is CEO of Kushner Companies. Ivanka Trump acts as an executive vice president of Trump Organization alongside her brothers.
The New York Times reported in March 2018 that the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies are quietly
doing business together. The companies signed a letter of intent under the radar, declaring the Trump Organization will manage one, if not more, of the hotels Kushner Companies is designing in New Jersey.
Next: We wish him luck with this task.
6. He is supposed to ‘control’ his father-in-law
Vanity Fair reported that Kushner’s initial adjustment to life in the White House was tough. One of the duties that came with the senior adviser role included influencing and advising the president — something even the closest son- and father-in-law pair would deem difficult.
“Kushner appears unable to control both his father-in-law and those around him,” according to Vanity Fair. Sources cited how Kushner negotiated a meeting with Mexico’s president only to find out that Donald Trump canceled it, leaving Kushner “furious.”
Next: His coinciding relationships have been a topic of debate.
7. He has the autonomy to make high-stakes decisions with little government background
One of Kushner’s duties as of 2017 was to act as a liaison to China for the White House. China reportedly began to question its relationship with the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser when he and Ivanka Trump canceled their trip to Beijing in September 2017.
Kushner reportedly fostered a close relationship with Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States. The two spoke privately on multiple occasions, much to the National Security Council’s disdain. One of the officials who wasn’t briefed on Kushner and Ciu’s sessions spoke to Cui directly and found the Chinese considered Kushner “their lucky charm.”
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