Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner has been appointed as the head of New Office of Innovation.
According to CNN, Jared’s job will also include fulfilling key campaign promises made by President Trump during his run. Media outlets have reported this new Office of Innovation as a “Swat team” which comprises of former private sector executives. It is expected from them to turn in profits as a corporate house. Kushner is expected to provide major business strategies to the government departments.
He will have the jurisdiction to reform federal bureaucracy which was a major campaign promise of Mr. Trump. He will also look after privatizing specific services. It is expected for Jared Kushner to work with a selected group of officials and business people. Their primary focus might be on areas such as veteran care and drug addiction.
Some media reports also suggest that Kushner’s wife and President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump will also be involved but she is going to stick with her status of unpaid and unofficial at the White House. She is already considered a part of her father’s inner circle. Questions about conflict of interest are expected to arise from this move of President Trump.
This announcement for the Office of Innovation comes at a strange time for President Trump considering the collapse of his new healthcare plan which was supposed to repeal and replace Obamacare. This was President Trump’s first major legislative push after taking the office
During a recent interview in his White House office, Jared Kushner said “We should have excellence in government. The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.” Kushner has started this new deal with great ambitions and it is not going to be a smooth road for him to fulfill all the promises of Mr. Trump considering his popularity in the administration.
Jared Kushner has been informally working with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for past several weeks on the drug issue. President Trump is expected to announce a new official drug commission focusing on opioid abuse which will function under the leadership of Chris Christie. These decisions by President Trump have raised questions of favoritism in his working policy and certainly, the appointment of Jared Kushner will be looked with the same view.
Several business leaders are excited with this decision of Mr. Trump while others are raising questions as well. Chief Executive and Chairman of IBM, Ginni Rometty said she is encouraged: “Jared is reaching out and listening to leaders from across the business community – not just on day-to-day issues, but on long-term challenges like how to train a modern workforce and how to apply the latest innovations to government operations.”
With this decision from President Trump, the speculations regarding the role of Jared Kushner have been cleared. He will continue to be a senior advisor to the President with a focus on the relationship with Mexico, China, The Middle East and Canada. As the head of Office of Innovation Kushner is going to take huge responsibility of turning the Washington DC as the business hub for the government.