Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner has long been seen as a crucial adviser, and now his role is being clarified: He will run a newly created office whose goal is to tap the best minds from the private sector to make the government run more efficiently. President Trump is expected to unveil the White House Office for Innovation on Monday, reports the Washington Post. The office plans to tackle specific problems such as curbing the nation's opioid epidemic, overhauling the Veterans Affairs department, and improving workplace training. The Post describes it as "a SWAT team of strategic consultants" and says it will be staffed by former business executives. CNN sees it as a kind of "internal think tank" within the White House.
The president says in a statement that the goal is to bring his "'ahead of schedule, under budget' mentality to the government." And the 36-year-old Kushner puts it this way: "The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens." The office has been meeting with execs such as Tim Cook of Apple, Elon Musk of Tesla, and Marc Benioff of Salesforce. Two other figures of note: Steve Bannon, another key Trump adviser, will have no role, while Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, will reportedly work with the group on specific issues such as those involving the workplace.