President Trump is in the business of doing favors for his family.
Eric Trump’s brother-in-law was just given the role of leading a policy shop inside the Department of Energy. This happened despite the fact that he has virtually no background in doing energy work.
His official title will be Chief of Staff in an area that was once charged with carrying out former President Obama’s climate change agenda, a very important role for the nation.
Kyle Yunasaka has been married to Eric Trump’s wife, Lara Trump, since marrying at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach in 2014.
Lara Trump herself also got herself a nice cushy role, as well. Just a few weeks ago it was announced that Lara Trump would be hosting high-level meetings in the White House in an apparent attempt to help Trump’s re-election campaign trying to establish work on a variety of domestic policy initiatives.
And, as you know, other Trump family members already have a seat at the table. Trump has employed his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner as senior White House advisers.
“I cannot remember something like that ever happening in my time,” said David Gergen, a presidential adviser who has served in four White House administrations, including former Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, as well as George Bush’s 1980 campaign. “This White House is being run like a family business, and campaigning is their bread and butter.”
“This is not normal,” Virginia Canter, ethics counsel for the executive branch at CREW who worked under former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, told Newsweek. “To the extent that somebody is actively engaged in political campaigning, it would be inappropriate for them to be sitting in and heading White House meetings. It raises a lot of concerns; you get the appearance that the individual is moving policy for political purposes rather than the public interest.”
But, this isn’t to say that Yunasaka doesn’t have any experience – he does. In 2013, he participated in an Inside Edition competition helping to find the “hottest bachelors” in Washington, D.C. That’s something, at least.