Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner to serve as senior White House adviser

Donald Trump has put the young real estate executive in position to exert broad sway over both domestic and foreign policy, particularly Middle East issues and trade negotiations.

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Jared Kushner, son-in-law of United States' President-elect Donald Trump, has been appointed as a White House senior adviser on Monday.

Donald Trump has put the young real estate executive in position to exert broad sway over both domestic and foreign policy, particularly Middle East issues and trade negotiations, reported AP.

The Republican has come to rely heavily on Kushner, who is married to the president-elect’s daughter Ivanka. According to the report, the political novice has been one of the transition team’s main liaisons to foreign governments, communicating with Israeli officials and meeting on Sunday with Britain’s foreign minister. He’s also huddled with congressional leaders and helped interview Cabinet candidates.

Trump, in a statement on Monday announcing the choice, said Kushner was a "tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition."

Trump's daughter Ivanka, who also played a significant role advising her father during the presidential campaign, will not be taking a formal White House position. Transition officials said the mother of three young children wanted to focus on moving her family from New York to Washington.

Jamie Gorelick, a New York lawyer, who helped advise Kushner, said his new post would not violate a 1967 anti-nepotism statute.

She said Congress in 1978 authorized the president to hire personnel for the White House office "without regard" to federal personnel laws like the anti-nepotism statute and that court rulings had determined the White House was not an "agency" under the anti-nepotism law.

"I'm not saying that there isn't an argument on the other side, and I respect the people who have made the argument on the other side. I just think we have the better argument," Gorelick said.