Washington: US President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner as his senior advisor that would make him one of the most powerful individuals in the incoming White House team, a move that could be challenged under the 50-year-old anti-nepotism law.
During the grilling presidential election campaign, Trump had publicly acknowledged the important role being played by 35-year-old Kushner, the husband of his daughter Ivanka Trump.
“Kushner has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration,” Trump said in a statement.
“He has been incredibly successful, in both business and now politics. He will be an invaluable member of my team as I set and execute an ambitious agenda, putting the American people first,” said the President-elect.
A widely respected businessman and real estate developer, Kushner was instrumental in formulating and executing the strategy behind Trump’s historic victory in November.
“Kushner has chosen to forego his salary while serving in the administration,” the Presidential Transition Team said in a statement. PTI