7. New Jared and Ivanka projects
Trump today will announce a White House Office of American Innovation, led by Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser: "Among those working on the effort are National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, Dina Powell, senior counselor to the president for economic initiatives and deputy national security adviser, Chris Liddell, assistant to the president for strategic initiatives and Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives. All have extensive business experience."
WashPost lead story, "Kushner to lead overhaul initiative," by Ashley Parker and Phil Rucker: "Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements. ...
"Kushner is positioning the new office as ... an aggressive, nonideological ideas factory capable of attracting top talent from both inside and outside of government, and serving as a conduit with the business, philanthropic and academic communities."
Ivanka Trump is off to Berlin late next month for a summit on the economic empowerment of women — the W20, within the G20 — after German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited her at a White House luncheon, in front of POTUS, to join with her perspective on the role of women in the global economy.
- The invitation first leaked out from German sources.
- This'll be Ivanka's first foreign trip since the inauguration.
- AP's Catherine Lucey: "The meeting marked the second time foreign leaders reached out to Ivanka Trump to coordinate an economic conversation. During Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit last month, she helped organize a meeting on economic development opportunities for women."