Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Becomes White House Employees, Sparks Controversy

By Riezel O. / 2017.04.04

Husband-and-wife Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are now both senior federal government officials. However, their appointment had sparked some ethical issues.

On March 31, a financial disclosure report for Kushner was released and it showed that he and his wife will still benefit a whopping $740 million from a real estate and investment empire they own. According to some experts, the couple is facing some perilous legal and ethical ground.

Unlike President Donald Trump, the two is not exempted from conflict of interests laws. "Donald Trump can evade legal responsibility even if the conflicts of interest remains. His daughter and son-in-law don't have that escape hatch," according to Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal non-profit group as reported by CNBC.

Although Kushner had already resigned for over 200 positions in the partnership and limited liability companies that make up their family-run multibillion-dollar estate, the financial disclosure report shows that 36-year old businessman will remain a beneficiary of most of those entities.

"The real estate assets that Kushner is holding on to are unlikely to pose the kinds of conflicts that would trigger the need to divest," Jamie Gorelick said. She also said that the remaining conflicts are pretty narrow and very manageable.

Meanwhile, after moving in Kalorama, Washington D.C. in January, Ivanka and Kushner are being accused of ruining the neighborhood. "It has been a three ring circus from the day that they've moved in. They've completely ruined the neighborhood," said their neighbor Marietta Robinson as quoted by Associated Press.

Further, the couple are allegedly ignoring the trash pick-up schedule and always leave their garbage bags sitting on the curb.

"This is the adult child of the president," Robinson continued. "Sometimes there are 10 cars out there... They've completely taken over the whole street - as if they have the authority.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time a VIP settled in the posh Kalorama neighborhood. As a matter of fact, former President Barack Obama and his family have lived in the area since he left office. Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also purchased homes in the sophisticated neighborhood but have not faced such complaints that Ivanka and Kushner have.

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