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Will Trump’s kids help run his businesses or help run the country?

November 14, 2016
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Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. listen to the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 9. (Tasos Katopodis/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) It’s no surprise that Donald Trump’s kids are playing an integral role in his transition, but the choice to have them serve on his transition team is unnerving, and it presents an important choice for the president-elect: Are they going to be helping to run his business or helping to run the country? Blood is thick, especially for a man who has acknowledged having no other real friends, and Trump is certainly not the only politician to have family members in the inner ring of the inner circle. John F. Kennedy relied on his brother, and even named him attorney general in the time before an anti-nepotism law prevented such an unwise arrangement. If you doubt the importance of Hillary Clinton’s role in her husband’s administration, just ask Al Gore. George W. Bush kibitzed in his father’s presidency, and Nancy Reagan was a behind-the-scenes force. But the primacy of the Trump children is unsettling not simply because of their number — together Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, Donald Jr. and Eric account for a quarter of the transition executive committee — but because, like their father,...

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