EDIT-OPED

Jared Kushner's moment

EDITORIAL

NY Daily Newsmercredi 11 janvier 2017
Jared Kushner stands poised to serve as senior adviser to the next President of the United States, who happens to be his father-in-law.
Kushner, a 36-year-old real-estate developer and media magnate, lacks conventional public policy experience -- and it remains to be seen whether he has the chops to, say, navigate the complexities of Mideast peace.
Giving cause for hope, he brings to the White House sharp intelligence, sensitive political antennae, strong relationship-building skills and an ingrained pragmatic streak likely to counter the rigid partisanship that too often infects Washington brains.
No less a progressive than Mayor de Blasio Monday said he respects Kushner "a lot," and has "known him for years and find him to be a very reasonable person."
Give Kushner credit, too, for committing to sell many of his assets to avoid potential conflicts of interest and otherwise disentangle himself from a web of complex profit-making entities.
While Congress, the media and other watchdogs will have to keep a close eye on potential conflicts, President-elect Trump -- who has yet to say whether and if so how he will remove himself from his own business empire -- should follow those relatively decisive moves.
Fret not that Kushner happens to be married to Trump's daughter. Federal anti-nepotism laws are generally understood to apply to agencies, not to the White House. In any event, Hillary Clinton served her husband ably acting essentially as his senior adviser.
More to the point, nothing ever could have stopped Trump from relying on Kushner as an outside confidant who would have sidestepped most conflict-of-interests rules. As a formal administration employee, he will be more, not less, constrained. Wish luck to this son of New Jersey and New York, for his success will in no small part be the nation's.
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