- President Biden said he will ensure none of his relatives joins his team of policymakers
- He reassured Americans that his administration will be different from his predecessor Trump
- Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner held key White House positions
The newly elected US president Joe Biden has said none of his family members will be involved in policymaking in his administration.
Biden affirmed that his administration will borrow much from the former president Barack Obama whom he served as his vice president for two terms which ended in 2017.
"No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody has an office in the place. They always have access to Pop and Nana but nobody will have an office," he stated.
It should be remembered that Trump close family members held key positions in his administration which saw his daughter Ivanka become his adviser to the ex-president.
Ivanka's husband Jared Kushner was also employed as an assistant and senior adviser to his father-in-law, the couple reportedly took no salary.
Ivanka and Kushner had White House roles since the early months of Trump’s presidency, the former formally occupying her position in March 2017.
The advisory role resulted in Ivanka having her own staff and office in the West Wing of the White House.
Kushner took the oath office in just days after Trump’s inauguration and would become a leading figure in the government response to COVID-19 and key foreign policy initiatives.
Kushner’s appointment came after the Justice Department wrote a memo concluding that the White House was exempt from violating federal anti-nepotism laws.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that US singer Dolly Parton has refused to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump. Dolly has opened up and explained why she has decided to make this decision. Trump offered her the award twice and she wouldn't accept it either time.
The 75-year-old singer is known for her philanthropic and charity work. She also helped fund a vaccine for the Covid-19 pandemic. She drew attention to her work from the White House and Trump offered to give her the medal.
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