Friday, April 21, 2017

Ivanka And Jared Are Spectacularly Unqualified — And Why That Matters

FORWARD: In the family business that passes for this White House, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have acquired seats at the grown-ups’ table, with offices steps away from the Oval Office, portfolios that seem to grow by the day and unparalleled access to the levers of power.

To cite a recent New York Times story, they “have emerged as President Trump’s most important advisers, at least for now.”

And surely the most unqualified ones to ever hold such august positions.

But that last part doesn’t seem to matter. Because beyond everything else — the astonishing conflicts of interest and the continued, brazen self-enrichment — these two represent the end of any expectation that expertise is required for government work. Even in a Cabinet that is viewed as the most inexperienced in American history, the president’s daughter and son-in-law stand out for having neither the knowledge nor the experience to reasonably pursue any of the many missions they have been given. » | Jane Eisner | Wednesday, April 19, 2017