WATCH: Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump's team found "an exception" in anti-nepotism law

The loophole, she said, provides "a realm of possibilities" to plop Trump's daughter, son-in-law in the West Wing

Published December 15, 2016 6:47PM (EST)


On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Donald Trump's former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway suggested the president-elect would find a way to get his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner into the White House via a loophole in anti-nepotism law.

"The anti-nepotism law apparently has an exception if you want to work in the West Wing because the president is able to appoint his own staff" as opposed to the Cabinet, Conway said, adding: "The president does have discretion to choose a staff of his liking. And so, if that actually is true and that legal advice holds, then that will open up a realm of possibilities."

"We haven't had adult children in the White House for quite a while. We've had minor-aged children in the past several administrations . . . so it is something new," she continued. "You're talking about men and women who are incredibly talented and very smart and very involved in their father's business, obviously. It's a family business. But I have been talking to them daily and the preliminary advice that I heard is that, first of all, nobody's made any final decisions, and when they make a final decision of whether they will or will not serve inside the administration, inside the West Wing, everyone will know that."

Conway called "fair" host Joe Scarborough's assessment that Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are the two most likely family members to hold staff-level positions in the Trump administration.

"Ivanka's very committed to women in the workplace, very committed to women in the global economy," she added. "And she's in a position where she can actually leverage that and make a difference for women in the economy."

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By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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