'All in the Family' is an unacceptable way to govern

From my perspective, President Trump has made a major mistake placing his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in significant positions in his administration. The President's critics have been quick to characterize the move as a blatant example of unabashed nepotism.

In 1967, Congress passed an anti-nepotism law. The legislation prevents the Chief Executive from hiring relatives for Cabinet or federal agency jobs. The law is less specific in dealing with White House staff positions — the jobs held by Ivanka and Jared. Thus, from a purely legal standpoint, the Trump nepotism issue is murky. However, at this stage, the last thing the Trump administration needs is to go down another legal rabbit hole.

Even though it might be adjudicated as legal for Trump to hire his own relatives, it most certainly is terrible politics and could ignite a public firestorm in opposition. Recent polling data suggests a clear majority of Americans disapprove of the roles both Ivanka and Jared play in the Trump government. Most appear to adhere to the well-established principle that government positions should be filled on the basis of merit, not familial relationships.

Summing up: President Trump has to accept the reality that having his relation associated with his administration is not working and has become more of a liability than an asset. A brief statement should be released by the White House that Ivanka and Jared are leaving the administration and returning to their jobs in the private sector.

John Kubik

Trail Creek

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