Donald Trump will name son-in-law Jared Kushner a senior advisor to the president, a transition official told NBC News on Monday. But Ivanka, Trump’s daughter, will not be taking a White House position for now as she focuses on settling her children into their new home and schools in Washington, D.C.
Kushner, who is married to Ivanka, has been in Trump’s inner circle during and after the presidential campaign. Like his father-in-law, Kushner has no previous experience in government. The potential for a White House role raised ethical questions due to anti-nepotism laws and Kushner’s chief executive role at Kushner Companies, a real estate development firm.
“Mr. Kushner is committed to complying with federal ethics laws and we have been consulting with the Office of Government Ethics regarding the steps he would take,” Kushner’s lawyer said in a statement to NBC News.
Washington law firm WilmerHale has advised Kushner on how to navigate the potential ethical problems of taking a position in his father-in-law’s White House, according to The New York Times. The firm contends that a law barring presidents from picking relatives for agencies they lead does not apply to the White House, though some experts disagree with that assertion, the Times reported.