John Oliver Wonders What Justifies Jared Kushner and Ivanka's Massive Policy Portfolios in the White House
While President Trump remains widely unpopular, most Americans maintain a positive view of his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both of whom have secured high-profile positions in the White House.
But how exactly are the so-called "moderates" influencing Trump's policies?
"Basically if Trump is thinking about pressing a button labeled 'nuke earth,' [Ivanka and Jared] will... guide his hands towards the button labeled 'hey, maybe don't'," "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver opened.
To date, Kushner has been tasked with brokering peace in the Middle East and reforming the criminal justice system, not to mention running the new office of American innovation and revamping the entire federal government.
"Holy sh*t," remarked Oliver. "It is not unusual for powerful men to give their son-in-laws do-nothing jobs, but leave it to Donald Trump, who can't even get nepotism right, to give his a do-everything job."
Which raises the question: "What in Jared’s background justifies such a gigantic White House portfolio?”
As for Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump, Oliver pointed out that she's always been the least creepy part of the Trump brand, at least superficially.
“If someone perceives something to be true, it is more important than if it is in fact true," Ivanka wrote in her 2009 book The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life.
“She’s pretty much telling you—to your face—not to trust any assumption that you are making about her,” explained Oliver. “The truth is: We may all be thinking that Ivanka is doing a lot more than she actually is, although the same can emphatically not be said of her husband, Jared Kushner.”