Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed satisfaction Monday with the appointment of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as official senior adviser to the president. De Blasio approved of Kushner despite being a staunch opponent of Trump and his policies, particularly immigration.
“About the person of Jared Kushner — I respect him a lot,” de Blasio said to reporters at a Manhattan news conference Monday, according to Politico.
The Mayor said he has known Kushner, who formerly served as chief executive of the Kushner Companies, for years, and believes he is “a very reasonable person.”
“He’s certainly someone I’ve been talking to over these last weeks,” de Blasio elaborated. “He’s someone I intend to stay in touch with on behalf of the people of New York City. He’s someone who really cares about New York City and is someone that would be very helpful to us. So I’m certainly pleased he’ll be in that role.”
De Blasio added that he finds Kushner “a lot more reasonable and a lot more moderate” than people named to other positions, though he did not clarify who those individuals were.
Kushner’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said Tuesday that Kushner would extricate himself completely from his businesses and divest many of his assets.
“Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration,” Trump said in a statement Monday. “He has been incredibly successful, in both business and now politics. He will be an invaluable member of my team as I set and execute an ambitious agenda, putting the American people first.”