Trump is reportedly considering his son-in-law, Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner, to fill the soon-to-be-vacant chief of staff position. Current Chief of Staff John Kelly will be out by the end of the year, and Trump is currently interviewing five final candidates to replace him, including Kushner.
Kushner is already a White House advisor, a job that he was not qualified for and at which he reportedly is not very good at. But according to a HuffPost source, he’s been pushing his dad-in-law to give the chief of staff job anyway.
SCOOP: Trump’s top choices for chief of staff turned him down. So now he’s looking at son-in-law Jared Kushner. https://t.co/tykr2VYe3R— HuffPost (@HuffPost) December 13, 2018
Concerns are already being raised about nepotism, not that said concerns have stopped Trump in the past. Plus, if John Kelly couldn’t shape up the Trump White House, there probably aren’t too many qualified candidates jumping at the chance to be the next Chief of Staff. Perhaps more concerning is Kushner’s relationship with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. You know, the guy who probably ordered the gruesome assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi? It sure feels good to be a journalist right now.
Not to mention the fact that Kushner hasn’t exactly wowed the public with his work as White House advisor so far.
Hasn't Jared got enough to do...?— Mister.Z (@MisterZ2U) December 13, 2018
...what with fixing the opioid crisis, peace in the middle east etc etc?
Is Tiffany not done with Law school yet?— David Hughes (@dchughesstl) December 13, 2018
Without a security clearance— Shawn Williamson (@Saffron007) December 13, 2018
Reminds of the Godfather when Don Corleone's adopted son served as consigliere.— Keith Buennig (@aerlinguslies) December 13, 2018
He hasn’t finished the first job you gave him - world peace.— Dennis Hurley (@dhurley1951) December 13, 2018
Jared who wanted to set up a secret back channel with the Russians during the election. pic.twitter.com/8JLM8zC2aB— John Dawkins (@JohnWDawkins) December 13, 2018
I don't think he's scraping the bottom of the barrel. I think he's scraping the residue beneath the barrel.— Matt Kester (@MattKester) December 13, 2018
This is just not a good idea in any universe.
Others have pointed out that this may be a way for Trump to feel as though he has some sort of control over the sinking ship that is his administration.
Well that way when the FBI pulls their raid everyone will be in one location.— Ronnie Price (@redwardprice719) December 13, 2018
Just a family business. Exactly what Trumps been trying to turn our Democracy into.— Jper (@Janiceperalta2) December 13, 2018
May not be such a bad Idea, keeping it close to the vest and in the Family, Trump needs to feel a sense of Loyalty and family connection at this stage......— Churchhill Browne (@ChurchHillBrown) December 13, 2018
He’d have to do it by correspondence from prison— keep it lean (@LeanKeep) December 13, 2018
It’s currently unknown who the other four candidates for Chief of Staff are or if they even exist. Trump originally said people were lining up at the door for the job, then said there were 10 candidates, and now says that’s been narrowed down to five. Actually, what he said was: “Five people. Really good ones. Terrific people. Mostly well known, but terrific people.”
However, Kushner seems to be the only person who wants the job. Several individuals approached by Trump have turned him down already, including Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Nick Ayers, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, and North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows. Knowing this and judging by this administration’s past actions, it’s probably going to be Chief of Staff Jared Kushner.