President Elect Trump has named his Son-in-Law Jared Kushner a Senior White House Advisor.
Kushner is the ultra-successful husband of Ivanka Trump.
Kushner will forgo his salary.
Best News of the Day. Trump Son-in-Law Jared Kushner to Be Named Senior White House Adviser https://t.co/GGmpeUq2oA
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) January 9, 2017
BREAKING: Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be named Senior Advisor to the President, per senior transition official. @NBCNews
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 9, 2017
BREAKING: Jared Kushner to resign from all positions at his companies in preparation for taking role of Trump's senior advisor
— The Int'l Spectator (@spectatorindex) January 9, 2017
BREAKING: President-elect Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be named to position of Senior Advisor to the President, aide tells NBC.
— CNBC (@CNBC) January 9, 2017
MORE: Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will resign from his positions in Kushner companies, New York Observer – transition official
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) January 9, 2017
Jared Kushner will not be paid as senior adviser to Trump, per transition. Ivanka not taking a WH position right away. Both divesting.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 9, 2017
The 35-year-old investor, real estate developer, and newspaper publisher took over his family’s company at 28, after his father Charles was sent to prison for illegal campaign donations, tax evasion, and witness tampering, according to the New York Times. The elder Kushner started the company in 1985, which later grew to be a multi-million dollar enterprise. In fact, Kushner reportedly used some of his earnings to make a hefty donation to Harvard University that is said to have helped Jared attend. Under Jared’s leadership, the company purchased the storied office building at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City for a record $1.8 billion, which at the time was the biggest sum ever payed for a single office building, according to the New York Real Estate website the Real Deal.
He is a newspaper publisher.
At 25, Kushner purchased the New York Observer newspaper while interning at a private equity firm in New York, the Times reports. Kushner is not particularly a fan of media, though: He told New York Magazine in 2009 that he blamed the media and for his family’s troubles and that though he liked the Observers’ readers, he was not too fond of its content before he purchased it. “I found the paper unbearable to read, it was like homework,” Kushner said.
He is an Orthodox Jew.
Before Kushner married Ivanka Trump in 2009, the future First Daughter converted to Judaism. In an interview with Vogue in 2015, Ivanka described their family as “pretty observant, more than some, less than others,” and noted that they observe the Sabbath. ““From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls,” she said.
He was one of Trump’s most trusted advisers on the campaign trail.
Trump often tapped Kushner for advice on the campaign trail throughout the 2016 presidential election. Though the real estate developer has no prior experience in government, he became one of the most trusted members of his father-in-law’s inner circle. The Times characterized him as the “quiet fixer” on Trump’s team, and according to the Times, Kushner helped the campaign acquire a director of communications, met with high level officials, and counseled Trump on his vice-presidential pick. Kushner even wrote an op-ed for the Observer to address allegations of anti-Semitism aimed at Donald Trump.
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