President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been selected to serve as a White House senior adviser for the incoming administration, the transition team announced Monday evening.
Kushner, married to Ivanka Trump, runs his family's real estate investment-heavy business, which he took over after his father pled guilty to corruption. He has been involved with the Trump presidential campaign since the primaries, serving as an adviser, in particular, with issues pertaining to Israeli relations.
President-elect Trump said in a statement regarding Kushner's appointment:
“Jared 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. 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.”
The move to the administration is an ethics dilemma for the family, the Washington Post explained:
Some ethics experts question whether a Kushner appointment would violate a federal anti-nepotism statute. The 1967 law, which came about after President John F. Kennedy named his brother as attorney general, forbids public officials from hiring family members in agencies or offices they oversee. It explicitly lists sons-in-laws as prohibited employees.
Kushner will forgo a salary while serving in the role.
The entrepreneur and Ivanka Trump had already prepared for his family's transition by setting up post in a new Washington residence.
Kushner plans to divest from significant business assets. Earlier this week the Washington Post also reported that Kushner was planning on resigning as CEO of his father's real estate company. It has also been rumored that Kushner may be trying to sell the New York Observer, which he currently acts as publisher.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include a statement from the president-elect.