Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made more than $80 million last year

BY DELILA JAMES
Posted on JUN 13, 2018

Critics point out that the Republican National Committee, along with other GOP organizations and candidates, have spent almost $2 million at venues that personally enrich the Trumps.

The president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, earned at least $82 million last year while they worked as senior White House advisers, according to a report by HuffPost.

For example, Ivanka Trump reaped $3.9 million from her share in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., according to the couple's latest financial disclosure filings. Kushner reported more than $5 million in income from a New Jersey apartment complex purchased last year by his family's business, Kushner Companies.
In an extreme departure from protocols used by previous presidents and their aides, President Trump, his daughter, and son-in-law have never divested themselves of their business interests, which could be affected by the performance of their official duties.

Critics point out that the Republican National Committee, along with other GOP organizations and candidates, have spent almost $2 million at venues that personally enrich the Trumps. A pending lawsuit filed in federal court by the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland argues that Trump is violating the Constitution's emoluments clauses, which bar presidents from accepting government-granted benefits beyond their official salary.

Businesses belonging to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner also appear to benefit directly from the couple's activities as public officials. Last month, China approved several of Ivanka Trump's trademarks just when the president was agreeing to drop sanctions against Chinese telecom company ZTE. And only days before Kushner traveled to Israel to work on a peace plan, a prominent Israeli insurer loaned him $30 million.

Jared Kushner's father, Charles Kushner, is no fan of ethics watchdogs. He went on a rant earlier this month, saying ethics officials are "jerks" who can't get a "real job.

 

 

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