Trying to keep it in the family. Donald Trump said in an interview on Sunday, December 11, that he'd 'love' to have his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, involved in his administration.
"We're working that out right now," the president-elect told Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday. "They're both very talented people."
As previously reported, Trump's oldest daughter and her publisher husband — who are in her father's transition team along with her siblings Donald Jr. and Eric — have been house-hunting in Washington D.C.
But their possible roles in the Trump administration would be subject to an anti-nepotism law that could prevent the former reality-TV star from hiring them. Trump, 70, alluded to the restrictions in his interview on Sunday, saying, "I think we'll have to see how the laws read."
"I would love to be able to have them involved," he continued. "If you look at Ivanka, you take a look, she's so strong, as you know, to the women’s issue and childcare, and so many things she’d be so good. Nobody can do better than her. I'd just have to see whether or not we can do that. She'd like to do that."
As for Kushner, 35, who served as a close adviser to the Republican candidate during his campaign, the real estate mogul added, "I'd love to have Jared helping us on deals with other nations and see if we can do peace in the Middle East and other things. He's very talented. He's a very talented guy. So, we're looking at that from a legal standpoint right now."
Ivanka, who currently serves as the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization and heads her own fashion brand, insisted in an interview with 60 Minutes last month that she will not have a role in her father's administration.
"I'm going to be a daughter," she said of how she will support her father as president. "But I've said throughout the campaign that I am very passionate about certain issues. And I that I want to fight for them."
"Wage equality, childcare. These are things that are very important to me," she continued. "I'm very passionate about education. Really promoting more opportunities for women. So, you know there are a lot of things that I feel deeply, strongly about. But not in a formal administrative capacity."
Ivanka and her father were criticized last month after she sat in on the future POTUS' meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and also joined Trump's phone call with Argentine president Mauricio Macri. The incidents raised more questions about conflicts of interest and Trump's ability to separate his business life from his new job.
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