What good is it being rich, white, and privileged if you can’t enjoy the perks?
That imagined internal monologue could be the inner voices of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as they enjoy their unelected, and unconfirmed positions in the Trump administration, judging by their behavior as depicted in a new book on the nepotistic power couple by journalist Vicky Ward.
Ward interviewed more than 200 people for her tome — Kushner Inc: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump — which reveals the extent to which the two beneficiaries of massive inherited riches attempted to game the use of government aircraft paid for from the State Department budget to which neither of them had any sort of official control, according to a preview of the book in The New York Times.
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The author portrays Ivanka and her husband as wanting control over who was allowed to travel on State Department-sponsored journeys and often requesting the use of Air Force planes in situations where it was wasteful and unnecessary. When Rex Tillerson, then the Secretary of State, received Ivanka’s requests, he knew enough about federal travel policies to reject them.
Clearly having inherited her father’s talents for figuring out how to find ways to circumvent the rules and regulations that would apply to ordinary mortals, Ivanka reportedly discovered a workaround that allowed her to fly at taxpayer expense without interference from pesky ethics regulators in the federal bureaucracy.
Ivanka simply made sure to invite a member of the Trump cabinet — who are authorized to use the government flights — whenever she wanted to make a trip. Often that role was filled by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin who was caught up in his own travel scandal when he reportedly tried to use a $25,000-an-hour Air Force jet to travel to Europe for his honeymoon.
In another trait inherited from her father, Ivanka and Kushner declared the book to be effectively fake news, saying through a spokesperson for Kushner’s attorney, that Ward’s accounts were simply untrue.
“Every point that Ms. Ward mentioned in what she called her ‘fact checking’ stage was entirely false,” the spokesman Peter Mirijanian said. “It seems she has written a book of fiction rather than any serious attempt to get the facts. Correcting everything wrong would take too long and be pointless.”
Dad must be so proud. The family of grifters in the White House has shown that they have learned their lessons well.
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