I wonder how many others have been struck by the intensity of President Trump’s professed disgust at Joe Biden’s son landing a lucrative job at a Ukrainian gas company several years ago, for which he didn’t appear to have a whole lot of relevant experience. The president continues to hammer on young Biden as an opportunistic, undeserving, nepotism-seeking relative cashing in on his prominent father’s name and position for private benefit.

What strikes me as amusing here is the appointment of Trump’s own son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as “senior adviser to the president.” That’s a post that conveniently avoided potentially embarrassing Senate confirmation hearings, and came with a portfolio that includes negotiating a Middle East peace deal; heading the “Office of American Innovation;” reforming immigration; coordinating diplomacy with China and Mexico; solving the opioid crisis; and a host of other efforts.

And Kushner’s extensive experience and expertise, sufficient to leapfrog the cabinet officials involved and justify the nation’s confidence in him? Not so much, other than — just perhaps — his familial relationship with the First Daughter and her dad.

As with so many other things said and done by Trump these past years, the hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Mark Connell,


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