Making his administration in the White House a family affair, Trump is ‘setting an example’ as to how nepotism is not the solution to deal with a pandemic.
COVID-19 is the defining juncture of this era. It has shown us how unprepared we are to deal with a pandemic, as countries struggle to come up with definitive, practical, and effective solutions fast enough. World leaders have stumbled their way into dealing with this worldwide crisis including Donald Trump, who didn’t acknowledge it as a problem until it was too late.
Trump’s nepotism is coming in the way of dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
Trump took his own sweet time before taking any targeted action against the pandemic. But Donald Trump is not just guilty of negligence but nepotism too. His under-qualified son-in-law Jared Kushner also gave ‘advice’ that led to the outrageous delay. According to The New York Times, Kushner, early on during the coronavirus outbreak advised the president that media coverage was exaggerating the threat.
The Symbiotic Trumps
Chelsea Clinton, a global health advocate and daughter of Hillary Clinton shared her own thoughts on the situation slamming Jared Kushner. She tweeted how despite her advanced qualification in public health and intense research to tackle the AIDS pandemic, even she wasn’t qualified enough to take up the role of an active participant in pandemic response.
It is obviously about money and power. The Trump family lives off each other. Now, with millions of lives at stake, their in-built characteristic nepotism is making it worse if “an equally unqualified if apparently even more loyal Trump adherent is secretly running his own coronavirus task force.” as per NBC News. Casually making decisions that could prove fatal for the citizens seems to be Kushner’s responsibility during the pandemic.
Trump has faced severe backlash for making his family members such as his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner his ‘advisers’ over the years. However, it’s especially proving to be problematic during this time when they don’t really have any helpful advice to give.
White House Advisers by default
Nepotism is as old as politics. Families of powerful leaders have played significant roles over the years. However, nepotism has a habit of getting out of control and consequently becoming dangerous for the nation. The influence of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as advisers to the Trump Administration will become future case studies on the subject of nepotism in politics.
As the Trump family took over the White House, obvious nepotism fueled corruption. Kushner has used his position to amplify his business’ financial gains and power. Similarly, the inexperienced Ivanka Trump attends important meetings with world leaders, representing the USA without any formal authority. Her lack of diplomacy was evident in the various meetings she attended.
The Guardian reports a quote by Ned Price, former special assistant to Barack Obama, “It’s one thing for Trump to have his relatives around him in the White House, especially if they do have the calming influence that’s been reported. But it’s quite another for his daughter to represent the United States of America in the presence of world leaders.”
Ivanka’s presence reflects poorly on President Trump’s work ideology. It is also quite evident that Ivanka Trump lacks “self-awareness” to realize “how out of her depth she is”.
First Family 2.0
Will this go on if Trump is re-elected as the President? Ivanka Trump has mentioned that she will not be a part of the White House if Donald Trump is re-elected in this year’s election. Here reason is putting her kids and their happiness first, “always going to be my top priority”. Ivanka’s decision to join Trump Administration 2.0 will be driven by what her kids want but she did use the words “flexible enough”.
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This has led many to believe that the Trump family will most probably have their White House roles intact if POTUS is reelected. Nevertheless, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner of the future will at least have some White House experience when they influence important national decisions and exercise their right to authority by nepotism over more experienced advisers who have failed in filling some sense into Trump’s brain.