Poll: Ivanka Trump And Kushner's Roles Inappropriate


A majority of voters feel the roles of Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner in the White House are inappropriate, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University survey, conducted between April 12 and 18, found that 53 percent of respondents believe Ivanka's role is inappropriate, compared to 36 percent who feel comfortable with it, The Hill reports.

In the same poll, 53 percent said they believe Kushner's significant role is inappropriate, while 32 percent think it is appropriate.

Ivanka Trump is serving as an unpaid adviser to her father. Critics have alleged the first daughter has failed to separate her political role from her involvement in her own business.

"She has put her business into a trust, but it's a trust being run by her family; it's not a true blind trust," Larry Noble of the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center told NPR. "She's still aware of what's going on there and I believe she still has the ability to make certain decisions. At the end of the day it's all going to come back to her."

Another contentious issue was China's approval of several trademarks for Trump's handbag line and other products on April 6, which occurred on the same day Trump and her husband had dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his meeting with President Trump.

The Chinese government denied any special treatment of Ivanka's trademark applications.

Kushner works as a senior adviser to President Trump.

According to documents the White House released in March, he is involved in 267 entities and is still in the process of selling off some of his financial stakes, CNN Money reports.

Congressional members raised concerns about Kushner's attempt to conclude a deal with a company that has ties to the Chinese government to redevelop a tower in New York owned by a Kushner family company. Kushner subsequently sold off his investment in the tower.

In an April 13 letter to FBI Director James Comey and National Background Investigations Bureau Director Charles Phalen, a group of House Democrats called for the suspension of Kushner's security clearance due to the ongoing investigations into alleged contact between President Trump's campaign team and Russia.

The Democratic lawmakers referred to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired after failing to disclose contact with the Russian ambassador, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigations due to meetings with the ambassador.

"We are concerned that Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deception," the five Democratic lawmakers wrote, according to The Hill.

Kushner's lawyer denied this accusation, saying the failure to detail some contacts with Russian officials on a questionnaire had been an error, according to Business Insider.

Sources: The Hill (2), NPR, CNN Money, Business Insider / Photo credit: Marianique Santos/Defense Video Imagery Distribution System

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