Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump may not be taking a dime from Uncle Sam.
But the ultimate Jewish power couple, who are both unpaid senior White House aides, reportedly still hold a sprawling $741 million real estate and investment empire, raising big new questions about how they will possibly avoid conflicts of interest.
Ethics filings released by the White House Friday night say Ivanka will maintain a stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Ethics experts worry that foreign officials or special interests groups may stay there or do business to ingratiate themselves with the White House.
Kushner remains the beneficiary of his family’s farflung real estate portfolio, which ethics experts say raises a giant red flag.
He has taken steps to avoid being involved in decision-making but still benefits from deals that may be made by a range of actors who have interaction with policies he creates, from Mideast peace to criminal justice reform.
“He is still financially benefiting from how the businesses do,” former government ethics lawyer Larry Noble told the New York Times. “This presents potential for a conflict of interest.”
Tbe White House dished out info on 180 officials in a pre-weekend document dump.
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Jared And Ivanka Still Hold $741M Empire Despite White House Roles