President-Elect Trump Names Jared Kushner as Senior White House Adviser

The pick raises ethical questions to go along with other controversial Cabinet picks.
3:55 | 01/10/17

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Next tonight, just 11 days until president-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated, and tonight, there is word his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will hold a post as a senior white house adviser. The appointment of Kushner, a young businessman with real estate holdings himself, there are questions over how he'll separate it all. Mr. Trump was asked about that today. He said, wait until today, his news conference. In a tweet, he did weigh in on Meryl Streep. ABC's Cecilia Vega at trump tower tonight. Reporter: Tonight, ABC news learning that Ivanka Trump's husband will take an official role in the west wing as a senior adviser to the president. The president-elect praising his talents. I would love to have Jared helping us on deals with other nations and see if we can do peace in the Middle East and other things. He is very talented. He is a very talented guy. Reporter: Ethics split over his former role in the trump administration would violate nepotism laws, and with questions swirling about conflict of interest, he tells ABC news he will resign from his job in his family's real estate empire, and divest assets, but not fully. Today, Donald Trump had little to say about his son-in-law's new role. We'll talk about that on Wednesday. Reporter: The president-elect looking ahead to his first formal press conference in six Mont months. Also not talking about the Russian hacking. We'll talk about that another time. Reporter: Or replacing Obamacare. We'll see. Reporter: But early this morning, he had a lot to say on Twitter about this moment, Meryl Streep's golden globes acceptance speech. There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. It was -- there is nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. Reporter: The actress referring to this moment. I don't know what I said. I don't remember. Reporter: Trump talking about a reporter from "The New York Times." It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life, and this instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone powerful because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. A three-time Oscar winner with 19 academy award nominations, the most of any actor, and trump called her one of the most overrated actresses. Also calling her a Hillary flunky who lost big. Saying, for the hundredth time, I never mocked a disabled reporter. Represents a small slice of America. This was an anti-elite. This was a rejection of the elites. Reporter: But in an interview just two years ago, trump named Streep as one of his favoriactress sz. His first news conference in 168 days, and you're learning new details already tonight about Ivanka Trump's future? Reporter: David, we're hearing that Ivanka Trump will be stepping down from her management role in the family business, and her own business. We know she won't be playing a formal role in the white house, at least not immediately. Cecilia Vega, thank you. Next tonight, the capitol hill showdown. Also brewing several of

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