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President's son-in-law to lead US body for business

By Rachael Revesz

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will lead the new White House 'Office of Innovation' to apply business strategies to government departments.

He will have the authority to reform federal bureaucracy, one of the President's key campaign pledges, and privatise certain services.

Mr Kushner will report directly to the President, who believes that much of Washington DC is a "swamp" that runs too slowly and costs too much.

Mr Kushner, the former newspaper editor and real estate developer, will work with a select group of officials and business people, focusing on areas like veteran care and drug addiction. It comes at a time when many government departments are facing sweeping cuts in the budget.

"We should have excellence in government," Mr Kushner told The Washington Post.

"The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens."

Mr Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, will also be involved but will maintain her unofficial and unpaid status at the White House.

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