Donald Trump asks Jared Kushner, his Jewish son-in-law, for help on White House transition


(JTA) — Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has asked his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to plan for a possible White House transition team.

Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, would not be involved in the actual transition but will be asked to provide a “blueprint for a transition team” should Trump win the elected in November, The New York Times reported, citing what it called two people briefed on his new assignment.

Kushner, 35, publisher of The New York Observer and head of his family’s real estate development company, will work with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and senior adviser Paul Manafort to determine the prospective team, according to the Times.

“The campaign will likely be announcing transition team leadership in the coming weeks,” Hope Hicks, a Trump spokeswoman, told the newspaper.

Kushner reportedly wrote Trump’s well-received speech delivered at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in March. The Times reported that he and his father-in-law “have a close relationship and are often in contact, talking informally about the campaign.”

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