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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 
business experience.

   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 
White House.

   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.


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