Monday, June 11, 2018

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made over $82m outside White House roles 
Financial disclosures reveal extensive external income earned while working for president, raising conflicts of interest concerns

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the White House in June.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the White House in June. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Financial disclosure forms released on Monday revealed how much Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have earned from outside income while working at the White House, resurrecting concerns over possible conflicts of interest.
The disclosures showed that the president’s daughter and son-in-law earned more than $82m in outside income in their first year serving as senior advisers to the president, the Washington Post first reported. Ivanka made $3.9m from her stake in the Trump International Hotel and reported more than $5m in earnings from her personal brand.
Trump and Kushner both chose to forgo drawing taxpayer-funded salaries from their roles in the White House. The disclosures, which were also obtained and reviewed by the Guardian, nonetheless reinforce the ways in which the couple has continued to earn money from the Trump Organization and outside business endeavors.
Because the financial disclosures report assets in broad ranges, it is difficult to determine the extent to which Trump and Kushner’s wealth has risen during their time at the White House. The disclosures are filed annually to the Office of Government Ethics. Donald Trump and the vice-president, Mike Pence, submitted their 2017 financial disclosure forms last month.
Kushner yielded more than $5m from a New Jersey property acquired by his family’s real estate business last year. Ivanka Trump reported $2m in severance pay from an entity called the Trump Payroll Corp. She also received an advance totaling $289,000 for the book she published last year, Women Who Work. Trump said she would donate the profits from the book to charity.
drawn scrutiny for potential ethics violations. Government watchdog groups have accused the Trump family of using the presidency and its stature for personal profit.
Peter Mirijanian, a spokesperson for Kushner and Trump’s outside counsel, said the couple’s net worth “remains largely the same, with changes reflecting more the way the form requires disclosure than any substantial difference in assets or liabilities”
Prior to joining the White House, Kushner resigned as chief executive officer from his real estate development business, Kushner Companies, stepped down from more than 260 corporate positions and partially divested from some of his assets. He nonetheless retained the vast majority of his interest in Kushner Companies.
But concerns over potential conflicts of interest resurfaced earlier this year when it was reported that several foreign governments saw Kushner, who has a wide-ranging foreign policy portfolio, as a target for manipulation based on his business interests and personal debt. Ethics watchdogs also sounded alarms over Trump’s brand continuing to win trademarks overseas.

Trump And Kim Jong Un Shake Hands Ahead Of Historic North Korea Summit
The meeting in Singapore marks the first time the sitting leaders of the United States and North Korea have met in person.

SINGAPORE ― The highly anticipated summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is underway in Singapore.

The two world leaders were photographed together on the steps of the Capella Hotel in Sentosa, a tiny island off Singapore’s southern coast. This marks the first time that a sitting U.S. president has met with a North Korean leader.

“We’re going to have a great discussion,” Trump said shortly after the two shook hands. “It’s my honor, and we’re going to have a terrific relationship.”

“Well, it was not easy to get here,” Kim said through an interpreter, before noting the two were able to overcome “obstacles” to start the summit.
Trump departed the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Singapore just after 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, arriving at Capella soon after.
Known for his extreme punctuality, Trump was about 45 minutes early for his tête-à-tête with the North Korean leader, which kicked off a few minutes after the scheduled time of 9 a.m.
Kim’s heavily guarded motorcade departed a few minutes after Trump’s from the St. Regis Hotel, located just down the road from the Shangri-La. There was a carnival-like atmosphere around the two leaders’ hotels as journalists and onlookers thronged to catch a glimpse of the departing motorcades.
The pair will meet behind closed doors for several hours on Tuesday, first privately (with interpreters) and then with members of their respective delegations. It’s unclear how successful the meeting will be and what demands either leader will make, if the negotiations even get that far. 
Diplomats have scrambled in recent weeks to determine what specific policy items are up for negotiation. The talks are expected to focus on North Korea’s nuclear weapon program, but officials have largely failed to come away with anything substantive.
Trump said last week that he’d know how successful the talks are “within the first minute” of meeting Kim, but he expressed cautious optimism that the two would come away with some sort of deal.
“Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly ... but in the end, that doesn’t matter,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!

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