Should President Trump fire his family?
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Should President Trump fire his family?

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Many critiqued President Trump's appointment of his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner as senior White House advisors, as well as letting his sons Don Jr. and Eric run the Trump Organization. Critics say Trump hiring his family violates both ethical and national security protocols—and even some Trump allies say Ivanka and Jared are not good at their jobs. But then again, Robert F. Kennedy and Hillary Clinton were presidential family members, too. Should Trump fire his kids?

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Critics say the appointment of these two silver spoon 30-somethings with no political experience whose only work history is jobs at their wealthy family's businesses is an insult to the institution of the presidency and the American people. Kushner's staggering debt in particular makes him a massive security risk. From US News & World Report:
From the very beginning, it's been patently ridiculous that Kushner and his wife, Trump's daughter Ivanka, have West Wing jobs at all. They have zero years of government experience between them, and their business careers largely consist of working for the companies their daddies started. And yet they've been tasked with international diplomacy, major economic policy initiatives and representing America on the world stage.The whole thing is just bonkers.

In particular, son-in-law Jared's portfolio has become a running joke in Washington. He is literally tasked with handling U.S. relations with Mexico, Canada and China, bringing peace to the Middle East, solving the opioid crisis, solving the V.A.'s numerous problems and reforming the federal government. Political observers say there's nothing funny about this situation.

Other observers consider Kushner’s vast power not only absurd, but terrifying. After all, tin-pot dictators—not U.S. presidents—centralize power in the hands of unqualified family members. “I don’t think we’ve seen a family member with so much power and influence in the White House in a very long time,” said Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state and NATO ambassador, told CBS News. “You do see this in foreign countries, you see it in monarchies, you see it in authoritarian countries where the brother or the son or the uncle of the leader has influence because of the relationship.”

Others point out that presidents often hire people they know and trust, and sometimes those are family members. John F. Kennedy did it. Bill Clinton did it. Many Trump supporters think this is just another example of partisan politics and double standards at work.

Neither Ivanka nor Jared are taking a salary for their White House work. Their supporters say they are offering their skills as service to the country.

Alt-right leader and former Trump campaign advisor Steve Bannon shredded the couple in a Vanity Fair interview. White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly reportedly asked what they do all day. Even conservatives acknowledge that Jared and Ivanka may be harming Trump's agenda

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