Stop giving Jared and Ivanka a free pass

Then there’s Ivanka, who Axios reports is busy lobbying banks for billions. She is playing “a key role in negotiating small-business provisions in the new rescue bill being planned by the Hill and the White House.” Last year, President Trump said he thought about appointing her to the United Nations and offered her the top position at the World Bank because she’s “good with numbers.” She declined; why would she leave the White House where she’s at the center of all the action?

While Ivanka has taken plenty of other turns play-acting as a policy leader, whether it was touring the DMZ or overplaying her hand at the G20 with world leaders, those incidents were merely embarrassing, not necessarily consequential. This time, she’s got her hand directly in the middle of policymaking, business, and money. For the power-hungry, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Recall, neither Ivanka nor Jared has ever been elected or confirmed to any position. Neither has prior government experience (aside from Jared’s brief internship in the Manhattan D.A.’s office). Neither has subject-matter expertise in the policy fields they have been involved in. Yet, they now have a say in who gets life-saving medical equipment and to whom and how billions of dollars will flow. If you’ve been waiting to get worried about their roles, now would be the time to start.

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