Given that the company owned by Jared Kushner's family stands to get $400 million in a real estate investment deal with a Chinese company, it may pose a conflict of interest for Jared Kushner, son-in-law of and close advisor to President Trump. The deal touches upon questions of whether Jared will be able to remain impartial regarding any political issues involving China, including national security, trade matters, currency manipulation or even America's controversial visa program, writes David Kocieniewski and Caleb Melby in Bloomberg, not to mention whether this is a 'sweetheart deal,' which aims to influence someone in power by financially rewarding their family.
In preparing for his role as presidential advisor, Jared Kushner followed strict ethics laws, and he and his lawyers conferred with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics about how to properly divest from any business that would pose a potential conflict of interest. According to Ari Melber in NBC News, Jared's emails show that he took an even stricter apprach to ethics laws than his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, did. In addition, writes Melber, Kushner's team also volunteered information to the Ethics office about the pending deal between the Kushner family and the Chinese company, a clear sign that Jared is and has been working to minimize or avoid altogether any conflict of interests.