Trump Plans Office for Business Ideas 03/27 06:12
President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by
his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from
the business sector.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White
House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government
functions using ideas from the business sector.
A senior administration official said Trump on Monday will announce the
White House Office of American Innovation. The official sought anonymity to
discuss the office in advance of the formal rollout.
The plans for the office were first reported by The Washington Post.
The innovation office will be led by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to
Trump, and will report directly to the president.
Among those working on the effort are National Economic Council director
Gary Cohn, Dina Powell, senior counselor to the president for economic
initiatives and deputy national security adviser, Chris Liddell, assistant to
the president for strategic initiatives and Reed Cordish, assistant to the
president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives. All have extensive
Trump is preparing to announce the new office at a low point in his young
administration, days after the Republican bill to repeal and replace the
Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." imploded in the House of
Representatives, revealing deep divides within GOP and fraying tensions at the
This effort has been developing since shortly after the inauguration, the
official said. The group has been meeting since then and started talking to
CEOs from various sectors about ways to make changes to federal programs. Areas
they hope to tackle include overhauling Veterans' Affairs, improving workforce
development and targeting opioid addiction.
Trump's daughter Ivanka, who is married to Kushner and has a West Wing
office but no official job, will get involved on issues she is focused on, such
as workforce development.