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Trump’s son-in-law poised to wield clout

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>> Got good people in this room.>> As President-elect Donald Trump puts together his administration, already with many hiccups along the way, one man who's been indispensable through the process and throughout the entire campaign is his son-in-law Jared Kushner. The boyish looking 35-year-old is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, and as a trusted advisor to Trump, is now poised to be one of the most powerful people on the planet.
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Reuters campaign correspondent Emily Flitter.>> Kushner is going to be a very powerful advisor because he's one of the few people Trump has trusted from the beginning of this process who has not fallen out of favor with Trump. Trump is a very malleable person. He doesn't read a lot on his own.
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He doesn't read into the details of issues. He doesn't know anything about foreign policy. And he is willing to put his mind in the hands of people like Kushner.>> Kushner is an Orthodox Jewish Harvard graduate and real estate scion. His father, Charles Kushner, also a real estate developer, was a major Democratic donor whose reputation was left in tatters after a lurid criminal case in 2004.
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The man who prosecuted him? Then US Attorney Chris Christie, who many say has been pushed off the transition team by Kushner Jr. He's also been involved in almost every aspect of Trump's campaign, offering advice on key personnel decisions, strategies, speeches, fundraising, and other areas. Late in the campaign, Kushner began laying the groundwork for a possible Trump-run television network, in the event his father-in-law lost, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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But Kushner won't be in the Cabinet officially. Federal anti-nepotism law prohibits a president from hiring family members to serve in his administration.