CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Jason Miller on “New Day” Thursday: “The one thing I don’t understand is how is this not nepotism?”.
“Well, I mean, how is it nepotism?” Miller, a Trump surrogate, replied.
“Everybody from the White House counsel to the has said that this doesn’t violate any sort of nepotism rules.”
Speaking during the same segment, former White House ethics czar Norman Eisen said that both the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations included the White House in its interpretation of the federal nepotism law, passed in 1967, that says no public official – from the President down to a low-level manager at a federal agency – may hire or promote a relative.
Kushner, a top Donald Trump aide, is also serving the White House as an unpaid government employee.
A source has told CNN that the decision to make Ivanka Trump officially an employee was made after t was great “Unease” expressed by about the nature of her voluntary role.
“I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,” Ivanka Trump said in a statement.