President-elect Donald Trump said more than once that he like to run his business alongside family members, so the fact that he wants to give his daughter and son-in-law roles in the new administration doesn’t come as a surprise. However, a law from 1967 could make this very difficult to happen!
There’s a law restricting this!
According to NPR, the anti-nepotism law doesn’t allow presidents to hire relatives to Cabinet or agency jobs. On the other side, it was ruled by a federal judge that this doesn’t apply to positions in the white House Stuff.
Both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, her husband, were key members of Donald Trump’s campaign and are considering White House roles, even informal or unpaid.
The above-mentioned law was passed by the Congress after President John F. Kennedy wanted to appoint Robert, his brother, as attorney general, according to Darrel West, vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution.
…but it has its flaws.
Of course, it can be said that if Trump wants to appoint his relatives in different positions, it would be a real test for this law, since not so many presidents wanted to do this, so it wasn’t tested that often, except when Bill Clinton appointed Hillary Clinton as head of his health care task force.
When asked about this hope situation, the President-elect’s transition team did not respond, but spokesman Kellyanne Conway claimed that “the anti-nepotism law apparently has an exception if you want to work in the West Wing, because the president is able to appoint his own staff.” She also added that Donald Trump can choose a staff of his liking.