Another member of the Trump family is headed for the White House.
On Monday, President Donald Trump chose his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to run the new White House Office of American Innovation.
The office will look to “fix” the federal government by using business strategies.
“The government should be run like a great American company,” Kushner told The Washington Post. “Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”
Kushner, 36, is the husband of Ivanka Trump and son of real estate developer and convicted felon Charles Kushner. He had served as the CEO of Kushner Companies since 2008 and was also the publisher of the New York Observer prior to his resignation from both positions in January.
That’s when President Trump named him a senior advisor, which caused many to wonder if the President was in violation of a 1967 anti-nepotism law. The Department of Justice, however, declared that, “the President may appoint relatives to his immediate staff of advisors.”
As head of the White House Office of American Innovation, Kushner will likely look to privatize some government tasks as he overhauls the federal bureaucracy. Among several initiatives, the Office is expected to revamp the Veterans Affairs system and address the country’s opioid epidemic.
The Office is unsurprisingly staffed by former business executives, such as National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. Others such as Reed Cordish, an assistant to the president for intra-governmental and technology initiatives, former Goldman Sachs executive Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser and senior counselor to the president for economic initiatives, and Chris Liddell, assistant to the president for strategic initiatives, are also on board.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and other business leaders have reportedly met with the Office.
Kushner will remain a senior advisor to President Trump, as well as a foreign policy adviser as he tries to secure peace between Israel and Palestine.