Doubling Down: Trump Adds Massive Small Business Program To Daughter’s Portfolio

For years, I have criticized President Donald Trump for his embrace of nepotism with the use of his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka Trump as high-ranking advisers in the White House. I was particularly critical recently when Trump gave Kushner a major role in the pandemic recovery. While I disagreed with some of the more over-wrought statements about Kushner’s role, it was still wrong in my view from both an ethical and political standpoint. Now however the Administration is doubling down by putting Ivanka Trump in a key public spot in the $349 million loan program for small business. The American people have a right to know that the trillions of dollars (and hundreds of thousands of lives) at stake are being managed by people selected on the merits, not familial ties to the President.

As many of you know, I have been a critic of nepotism in government for decades, most recently discussed the inclusion of Kushner and Ivanka Trump on the White House staff since it was announced because it is a form of raw nepotism. (See herehere, and here and here) I have also been a long critic of such nepotism by members of Congress. The sudden thrusting of the two to the forefront of this crisis is remarkably harmful to the Administration and its efforts. I have been highly impressed, and relieved, by the superb team assembled by the task force.

The President has long ignored objections to nepotism but this is a pandemic where a nation is facing catastrophic public health and economic conditions. I simply do not understand why President Trump needs to interject his family into his pandemic response. It only casts doubt on the White House gathering the best minds to run these programs and to advise him on policies.

The President has worked to boost his daughter’s performance, including recently crediting her with creating ten percent of all jobs in the United States. While critics have questioned that credit for 15 million jobs, the point is that the use of one’s own children diminishes such claims of success as the public has to consider the merits through the maze of nepotism.

Again, I am not questioning Ivanka Trump’s intelligence. However, such appointments have always been wrong for the country. It was wrong for John F. Kennedy to appoint his brother at Attorney General and wrong for Bill Clinton to make Hillary Clinton the head of the health care task force. Those wrongs do not make this right.

73 thoughts on “Doubling Down: Trump Adds Massive Small Business Program To Daughter’s Portfolio”

  1. I must have missed it.

    Did Professor Turley cite the Constitution wherein nepotism is specifically precluded?

    Is it envy, covetousness, ethics or ideological differences which “prove” that a trusted family member is axiomatically counterproductive in a particular position within an organization?

    Wasn’t it Bill Clinton who imposed his psychotic wifey on America, hypothetically seeking a solution to the greatest healthcare system in the universe, WHAT?, when the only solution ever needed was for government and politicians to get their corrupt, greedy and power-hungry hands (and their wifeys) out of the healthcare market completely?

  2. I have been a critic of nepotism in government for decades…because it is a form of raw nepotism.

    For decades you say. And how has that criticism worked out for you? The root problem is not in the hiring of relatives and friends. They might actually be good hires. It would be foolish to have a blanket no nepotism policy until someone figures out how to evaluate performance in government objectively (constitutionally). Until then, the standard practice of electing people to office based on your political party preference is really worse than nepotism. Electing people with fidelity to their oath of office, people that respect the rule of law, federalism and rights, would be a far more effective way to eliminate bad nepotism. That is if you’re at all concerned with the root problem.

  3. Princess Trump is there for a reason, to make sure her daddy’s businesses get some of that money. And to make sure daddy’s buddy’s get some of the money.

  4. I remember when John and his brudda Bobby both porked Marilyn Monroe on different couches in the White House. Few left wing critics opened their mouths about that.

    1. Liberty, Johnathan Turley is not a Left Wing critic and he was just a toddler during the Kennedy years. So your What About is from the time warp of an alternate universe.

    2. And your point is? I know 2nd amendment nutjobs need special handling because they were born like they are, but do you have to broadcast it to the world?

    3. I think Marilyn Monroe was fully consensual. I guess I would have been tempted to that as much as them

      But the current allegation of sexual impropriety being ignored by them today is the story of Tara Reade a former Biden staffer who says a few years back he shoved her against the wall in a deserted hallway, went up her skirt and fingered her. Felonious sexual assault

      https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/03/tara-reade-tells-her-story

      Im interested if the Democrats her believe her or what? book and elvis gave replies but so far Seth and Natch are dodging it.

      sad story if its to be believed– it’s certainly possible. is there evidence in her life that suggests she is not credible? i cant seem to find much in the vaunted mainstream press about this accusation out there for a couple weeks now at least

      “TARA:
      Yeah. The something he said that I didn’t want to say, and I didn’t want to say it because it’s the thing that stays in my head over and over, like it’s the thing that kind of stayed with me over the years. But he said, when he had me against the wall after he had done, after I pulled away and he had said, “Hey, c’mon, I heard you liked me?” And I knew he was angry right after [that because] he took his finger, he just pointed at me and he said, “You’re nothing to me.” And then he, he just looked at me and he goes, “You’re nothing, nothing.” And then I must have reacted. And I think he only said it twice… but I just heard the word nothing. And…and I must’ve reacted because that’s when he took me by the shoulders and he said, you know, you’re okay, you’re fine. You’re okay. But then afterwards, like it kept replaying in my head…last April when all that stuff came out, I got really, really sad about it. And the thing that I remember most, almost more than the assault itself was just being told I was nothing. And he was right. That’s how people treated me off the street. And I have no platform. I am no one. And to him I’m nothing.”

      very sad. Perhaps Senator Biden could reply?

      Or perhaps, dare i say, he can’t remember?

      1. Mr Kurtz – Marilyn Monroe’s best line was said on set. “Who do I have to f**k to get off this film!”

  5. JT we know you dislike our duly elected president and prove and reprove it every day.
    I did appreciate your honest responses in AS unconstitutional witch hunt though.

  6. Since Ivanka seems to have been responsible for getting the money and has for a long time helped women around the world start their own small businesses, I think her background makes her perfect for this.

    ‘Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s jobs czar, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have rallied American banks to pony up $1.6 billion to help small businesses and Main Street Americans crushed by the coronavirus,” Paul Bedard reports in the Washington Examiner.

    “Initiated at a mid-March meeting with banking leaders at the White House, several this week [pledged] millions of dollars of help to supplement the billions of dollars set aside by the administration and Congress for programs such as the Payroll Protection Plan.”

  7. Trump supporters, broadly speaking, have never liked Ivanka and Jared because they are rightly viewed as lefty, know-nothing globalists. If Trump had talented family members who supported his stated agenda, then I wouldn’t mind if they were part of his administration.

  8. “In their second year of government service, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner reported income from their companies and investments of as much as $135 million, according to their annual financial disclosure reports made public on Friday…..

    Mr. Kushner’s partial ownership of his family-run real estate business, Kushner Companies, has drawn criticism from ethics experts, particularly as the firm has solicited investments from foreign sources, including in the Middle East, where Mr. Kushner is a top White House liaison.

    One of those divested assets was his share in Kushner Companies’ flagship property at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Last year, Kushner Companies struck a deal with Brookfield Asset Management for a roughly $1 billion bailout of the troubled property. Brookfield’s property arm is partly owned by the Qatari government….

    The couple’s total income was between $29 million and $135 million in 2018, compared with a range of $82 million to $222 million in 2017.

    The drop was due, in part, to their divestment of several assets that previously generated tens of millions of dollars in income for the couple, including the stake in 666 Fifth Avenue.

    Last year, The New York Times reported that Mr. Kushner apparently had paid almost no federal income taxes for several years running.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/14/business/ivanka-trump-jared-kushner-net-worth.html

    1. btb – how is the NYT gettting Jared’s tax returns. And bravo to Jared. We should all pay as little as legally possible to the IRS. I am sure Jared is not doing his own taxes.

      1. Right, Paul, try blaming your accountant for any tax evasion.

        I know, tax avoidance is everyone’s right – and obligation.

      2. Yeah, Paul, it ain’t ‘your’ America.  Why should ‘you’ support it with hard-earned tax money?  Let suckers pay taxes.  Real Americans only pay lip service to our troops in uniform.

    1. Exactly right, Linda. He’s had enough Bruti who’ve let him down. Bush appointed lawyer and public administrator Michael Brown in the Katrina response debacle and he had no blood relation. How’d that work out? I find Ivanka more than qualified and think she’ll do well.

    2. Yes, he can TRUST them–trust them to lie, to cover up, to dole out cash to cronies or wherever it will do the most political good.

      Linda, you seem to think that it’s none of the business of American citizens when Trump tries to leverage military aid to an ally appropriated by our Congressional representatives to smear Joe Biden. Or, maybe you think it is acceptable that Russia helped him cheat to get into the White House, and that this shouldn’t be investigated. It’s probably all right with you when he disregards the rule of law and refuses to cooperate with the obligation of Congress to conduct oversight by refusing to honor subpoenas and refusing to sit for a deposition. And, then, there’s the lying. One way he keeps getting caught is by brave souls who risk their jobs blowing the whistle on his conduct, like the person who disclosed that Trump was warned in January about the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic that was coming, which refutes his claim that it couldn’t have been foreseen, and it blows his pivoting to blame the WHO, China and Obama. That makes them swamp creatures to a Fox News disciple like you. Most Americans consider these people heroes.

      1. What does natch think about allegations of felonious sexual assault by Biden against a former staffer, Tara Reade? She says that he pushed her against the wall in a deserted hallway in DC, went up her skirt, then fingered her. She didn’t like it and froze, he stepped back, then this:

        TARA:
        Yeah. The something he said that I didn’t want to say, and I didn’t want to say it because it’s the thing that stays in my head over and over, like it’s the thing that kind of stayed with me over the years. But he said, when he had me against the wall after he had done, after I pulled away and he had said, “Hey, c’mon, I heard you liked me?” And I knew he was angry right after [that because] he took his finger, he just pointed at me and he said, “You’re nothing to me.” And then he, he just looked at me and he goes, “You’re nothing, nothing.” And then I must have reacted. And I think he only said it twice… but I just heard the word nothing. And…and I must’ve reacted because that’s when he took me by the shoulders and he said, you know, you’re okay, you’re fine. You’re okay. But then afterwards, like it kept replaying in my head…last April when all that stuff came out, I got really, really sad about it. And the thing that I remember most, almost more than the assault itself was just being told I was nothing. And he was right. That’s how people treated me off the street. And I have no platform. I am no one. And to him I’m nothing.

        https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/03/tara-reade-tells-her-story

        I mean i don’t fault a Biden for sniffing hair and excessive hugs but this one’s across the line, isnt it?

        If she is to be believed

        1. I think it’s the smell of desperation by Trumpsters. And, I think there will be more and more of this kind of shiite as polls continue to show Biden beating Trump. Trump’s out there every day, and Joe Biden can’t even hold a rally, and yet, he’s still beating Trump.

          1. Natacha – the Democrats don’t want Joe to hold a rally. Every time he opens his mouth it is a disaster.

          2. SO NATACHA REFUSES TO ANSWER THE QUESTION

            SO NOTED

            let us know later then if you believe her and thats why you’re ignoring the question
            or you dont believe her
            or if youre just ignoring it hoping your side wins

            those are the only 3 possibilities.

            1. I did answer the question. Maybe you should take some more ephedrine and aspirin and wash them down with some Red Bull.

  9. Just another problem to add to the shambolic presidency of Trump. This will only be a small sample of what might happen if he were to win in November. If Ivanka was truly intelligent she would not have her daddy put her in this role

    1. “This will only be a small sample of what might happen if he were to win in November.”
      ********************
      So you really want a person suffering with obvious dementia with access to the nuclear codes? Lots of that TDS virus going around, I suppose.

    1. big difference between Robert Kennedy and Ivanka Trump, but I wouldn’t want either one of them as an attorney general

  10. I do know the banks are ramping up for the roll out of the SBA loan funds. People are being taken off other projects to work on parts of the process to speed things up.

  11. I’m still amazed how anyone can still support this crime family. They could give two shakes about the American people. It’s all about them and their bank accounts.

    1. “I’m still amazed how anyone can still support this crime family. They could give two shakes about the American people. It’s all about them and their bank accounts.”
      ********************
      Yeah the Bidens are bad news.

  12. If there are other choices who are a significantly better fit for the positions, put them forward.

    I think rules against nepotism are almost always good, but I’m always open to the exception to this kind of rule.

  13. TIA’s ridiculously purposefully naive.

    Ivanka and Jared declared a capital gain of between $25-50 million on their taxes after the sale of property which they successfully personally lobbied to receive favorable federal tax treatment. Would TIA like to guess what they cleared on the GOP stimulus tax cut? Ivanka was public voice for it’s passage, promising near passage that her windfall and others “wouldn’t add a penny” to the national debt. Ha! How about business ventures in countries were the leaders they meet with might be vaguely familiar with who they are?

    1. Ivanka and Jared declared a capital gain of between $25-50 million on their taxes after the sale of property which they successfully personally lobbied to receive favorable federal tax treatment.

      You haven’t a clue what the liability would have been under the previous tax regime, the amended tax regime, or posited alternative amended regimes. Any particular person who owns property may benefit or be injured by adjustments in the capital gains tax regime. The only way around that is to have an unchanging regime.

      1. “After selling his stake in a company that invested in Opportunity Zones that offered the tax breaks he pushed, President Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, cashed in to the tune of between $25 million to $50 million, according to a report from the Associated Press.

        “A filing at the Office of Government Ethics released Monday shows that Kushner received permission to defer capital gains taxes on the sale of his stake in Cadre, a digital platform for smaller investors in commercial properties,” the AP reports. “Kushner’s holding in the private Cadre was worth between $25 million and $50 million, according to a financial disclosure report he filed with federal ethics officials last year.”

        As the AP points out, Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, pushed for the Opportunity Zone tax breaks to be included in President Trump’s 2017 tax overhaul.

        1. The reporter from the AP knows nothing of tax law and cribbed that from some advocacy group. And you call me naive.

  14. Agreed on the make up overall of the task force…

    But clearly Trump sees the writing on the wall, or in his case, the floor. He’s going to lose in November. And the huge amount of money being channeled in pandemic recovery is something Trump can’t let go — it’s beyond his nature. He has to cut family in wherever he can. You know…, to bribe and extort in his reelection campaign and to buy paintings of himself…, stuff like that.

    Appalled yes, never shocked by Trump and his willingness for brazen corruption. He survived and manipulated the NY tabloids, he knows he can take the PR freak show heading his way. He has to grab that money, costs be damned.

    1. Trump is going to lose in November to Creepy Joe Biden? You have got to be kidding. That’ll happen only with massive cheating by the Democrats and we know for sure that will be going on, so you might be right. Biden only wins if they cheat like hell to get him over the finish line.

      1. I know,right?

        Maybe Biden will do something like ask the Russians for help. Or better yet, try to force the Ukrainians to help! You know, something unthinkable like that.

  15. The different is..These two were in Business before Trump become a president not after like many we saw i.e. Hillary daughter.
    Husband and wife doing great job.

  16. It’s not wrong from an ethical standpoint, because his daughter and son-in-law are not making a career of this and are not making any money off it. It’s actually public service for them, because they’re worse off than they would be if they were back in New York.

    Your thinking on this matter is mechanistic and silly.

    1. Agreed. To each their own, but I find it incredible ironic that the majority of posters here seem to be Conservative or of an Independent stripe, and yet JT still seems to think the DNC is his party of ethical wonder and the media are juuuust fine. We wouldn’t be here if that were the case, and we are the one’s that SUPPORT you, JT. There’s some TDS infused dissonance going on there.

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