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Trump’s Son-in-law Kushner To Take Senior White House Role

In a statement, Mr. Trump said that Mr. Kushner would be a “valuable member of my team as I establish and implement an ambitious program.”

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Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump arrives with husband Jared Kushner at the Vanity Fair party to begin the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, U.S.

US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday named his influential twin, Jared Kushner, as a senior advisor to the White House, putting the young real estate leader in a position to exert broad influence on domestic and foreign policy, Middle East issues and trade negotiations.

Mr. Trump came to rely heavily on Mr. Kushner, who is married to his daughter Ivanka. Since the election, the political novice has been one of the main links of the transition team with foreign governments, communicating with Israeli officials and meeting on Sunday with the British Foreign Minister. He also met with congressional leaders and assisted in meeting with Cabinet candidates.

Mrs. Ivanka Trump, who also played an important role in advising her father during the presidential campaign, will not formally take a stand at the White House. Transition officials said the mother of three young children wanted to focus on moving her family from New York to Washington.

Mr. Kushner’s eligibility for the White House could be challenged, since an Act of 1967 was intended to prohibit public servants from hiring parents. Kushner’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, argued Monday that the law did not apply to the west wing. She cited a later measure of Congress to allow the president to “liberate” and “sweep” authority in the hiring of staff.

In a statement, Mr. Trump said that Mr. Kushner would be a “valuable member of my team as I establish and implement an ambitious program.”

Mr. Kushner will resign as CEO of his family’s real estate company and as editor of The New York Observer. He will also divest “substantial property,” said Ms. Gorelick, adding that Mr. Kushner would not take a salary. Ms. Ivanka Trump will also leave her executive roles at her father’s real estate company, Trump Organization, and her own fashion brands.

Mr. Kushner, who attained the age of 36 on Tuesday, appeared as one of Trump’s most powerful campaign counselors during the often unorthodox presidential bid of the president-elect as a soothing presence in a campaign Otherwise chaotic. Slowly speaking and shy, he was deeply involved in the campaign’s digital efforts and was usually available to Mr. Trump during the final weeks of the election.

Last week, Kushner and Bannon, the controversial executive of the Conservative media, met with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Mr. Kushner and Mr. Bannon also worked closely on issues related to Israel, including discussions on the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, which could exacerbate tensions in the Middle East and the response Of the Trump administration to a Security Council decision condemning Israeli Colonies.

Mr. Kushner also weighs on domestic policy. He joined Trump’s other advisors Monday night for a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis, on tax reform. He defended the choice of his friend Gary Cohn, president of Goldman Sachs, for a senior position in the White House, and Cohn’s influence within the Trump team is expected to be growing. It was a channel between the Trump team and the private sector, a role the transition officials said would continue to the White House.

Those who know Mr. Kushner’s role talked about anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss internal issues.

The anti-nepotism law seemed to be the main obstacle to Mr. Kushner’s accession to the White House. In arguing that the measure did not apply to the west wing, Ms. Gorelick cited the view of two Federal Court judges in a 1993 case involving Hillary Clinton’s work on the Health of her husband. She said that Mr. Trump intended to seek an advisory opinion on the Nepotism Act at the Office of the Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice.

Ms. Gorelick worked in the Clinton administration at the Pentagon and the Department of Justice.

Norman Eisen, who served as a lawyer for the ethics of President Barack Obama’s government, said there is a “dark legal landscape” regarding anti-nepotism law. But he said that Mr. Kushner appeared to take appropriate action regarding the ethics and disclosure requirements for federal employees.

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Like his stepfather, Mr. Kushner pushed a mid-sized real estate business into the high-stakes battlefield of Manhattan. Although it is often considered more moderate than Mr. Trump, people close to him say he fully bought in the fierce populist message of the Trump campaign that resonated with the white, working class voters. He has never publicly distanced himself from the more provocative positions of Mr. Trump, including the candidate’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration and his doubts about the cradle of President Barack Obama.

Mr. Kushner’s place in Mr. Trump’s vital but often discreet orbit was keenly exposed last month when the president-elect visited the Carrier plant in Indiana to promote the jobs he says he saved .

Mr. Trump marched around the factory with elected Vice President Mike Pence, shaking hands with the workers, posing for photos and making hooks at the traveling press. Mr. Kushner moved away from the cameras, lingering 10 to 20 feet away from Mr. Trump while marveling at the scene.

“Look at these people,” Kushner said as he saw dozens of workers encouraging. “That’s why he won.”

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