Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president's daughter and son-in-law, brought in at least $82 million in outside income while serving as senior White House advisers during 2017, according to new financial disclosure forms released Monday. That income included US$3.9 million from the Trump International Hotel located in Washington and $US2 million in salary and severance from the Trump Organisation.
Kushner and Trump, who have put their daily management of their companies on hold while they serve at the White House, have still managed to obtain huge amounts of income from other firms during their stint in public service. Federal rules require top officials to report income, assets and liabilities in broad ranges.
A spokesperson for the two said that their net worth has not changed much and stressed that they have complied with government ethics restrictions.
Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for the couple's ethics lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said Ms Trump and Mr Kushner had abided by government ethics rules. Trump will now receive guaranteed fixed yearly payments instead of payments determined by profits from T International Realty LLC, TTT Consulting LLC, and TTTT Venture LLC - which are LLCs tied to some of the Trump Organization's international developments.
Altogether, Ivanka Trump made at least $12 million in 2017.
The form shows Ivanka Trump also collected almost US$290,000 in advance payments for a 2017 book she wrote titled Women Who Work.
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Kushner, however, failed to report multiple stakes in a handful of companies, with the documents showing he did not report those assets because of an "accounting oversight", despite divesting his stakes before taking up his position in the White House, the Post said.
Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a top White House aide, pulled in at least US$69 million in income past year, much of it from his own family's far-flung real estate empire, financial disclosure forms filed Monday show.
It is hard to determine the couple's precise income previous year because the financial disclosures list assets, income and liability in broad ranges only.
A different Post analysis also pointed out that around 90% of his real estate holdings were still under his control, though he sold his stake in 666 Fifth Avenue, the beleaguered midtown building for which he famously paid $1.8 billion at the height of the real estate bubble.
In an interview last month, Kushner's father Charles reportedly called watchdogs who have criticized his son and daughter-in-law's business entanglements "jerks" who "can't get a real job".