SHOCKWAVES IN DC After Ivanka Trump’s Husband Gets Major New White House Role

SHOCKWAVES IN DC After Ivanka Trump’s Husband Gets Major New White House Role

When President Trump started his administration, I gave him a clean slate. I want him to succeed because the nation’s survival depends on it. But I’ve got to tell you, it’s getting harder and harder to stay positive here. After last week’s abject failure over healthcare and Trump’s subsequent blaming of the Freedom Caucus and constitutional conservatives, I have to really bite my tongue. Then Ivanka moved into some kind of unnamed office in the West Wing and is counseling her father. I pretty much shrugged at that, but now I wonder. President Trump has unveiled a new White House office today that is meant to overhaul bureaucracy and cut red tape. It will be headed by Trump’s son-in-law and Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner. What the heck is this? We have department heads that are supposed to be selected to handle these individual areas. Now, we have a White House business and industry SWAT team to take it on. I’m very confused over this.

Many of Trump’s key positions are not filled and he says he doesn’t intend to fill many of them… but you need a certain number of these positions for the government to run smoothly. I can understand choosing outsiders and doing away with wasteful agencies, but this just looks disorganized, heavy-handed and chaotic. Perhaps I have misjudged it somehow and Trump will surprise me. So far… I just get more and more concerned over it. It’s beginning to feel like a family enterprise and not our government.

From the Washington Post:

President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements.

“All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”

I’m still waiting for Trump to repeal all the executive orders he promised. I haven’t seen that. And you have to wonder about priorities here. The very first priority of a sitting President is to staff up the parts of the government around him; not to let them flounder and wonder who is leading them.

The White House Office of American Innovation will answer directly to the President and Kushner is being given sweeping powers. The innovation office has a particular focus on technology and data, and it is working with such titans as Apple chief executive Tim Cook, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk. The group has already hosted sessions with more than 100 such leaders and government officials. But, unless I’m greatly mistaken here, none of these people are conservatives. What gives?

Kushner proudly notes that most of the members of his team have little-to-no political experience, hailing instead from the world of business. They include Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council; Chris Liddell, assistant to the president for strategic initiatives; Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intergovernmental and technology initiatives; Dina Powell, senior counselor to the president for economic initiatives and deputy national security adviser; and Andrew Bremberg, director of the Domestic Policy Council. Again… wholly lacking in the conservative venue.

The 36 year-old former real estate and media executive will continue to wear many hats, driving foreign and domestic policy as well as decisions on presidential personnel. He also is a shadow diplomat, serving as Trump’s lead adviser on relations with China, Mexico, Canada and the Middle East. I am extremely uncomfortable with all the pressure piled on and power given to Kushner. It’s unprecedented. It’s imperative that this administration embrace true conservative principles. I’m just not sure this is the way to do it.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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