Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner said they worked for free in the White House, but they made up to $ 640 million during their tenure.
CREW examined Trump / Kushner's financial statements and found:
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reported external income between $ 172 million and $ 640 million while working at the White House, according to an analysis of CREW's financial statements. It is impossible to determine the exact amount as income is sometimes given in wide ranges and covers four months of income before Ivanka Trump officially entered her father's administration and almost a month before Jared Kushner entered.
Both Kushner and Trump announced that they would not receive a salary while working for the government to address concerns about nepotism. While their supporters labeled this a public sacrifice, the enormous amount of money they earned on the side undermines this argument as government salaries would have been less than 1% of their income.
Trump and Kushner used their positions in administration to make a fortune. They weren't unpaid officials serving the country. They were people who used their platform as part of a presidential administration to enrich themselves further.
The American people would have been better served if Trump and Kushner had received salaries and been bound by the rules governing federal employees. The reason it didn't was because the goal was always to make money from the presidency.
Now that the Trumps are gone, the American people can finally get a report on how great and deep their corruption has been, and Congress must act to make sure it can never happen again.
No wonder Ivanka Trump cried when her father left office. Trump had 640 million reasons to want a second term.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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