Schiff: Kushner acting as a 'super secretary of State'

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday criticized Jared Kushner's role in the White House, saying President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser is acting as a "super secretary of State" despite a severe lack of foreign policy and government experience.

"He may be a perfectly fine gentleman. He may have very good advice for the president, I don't know," Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told Yahoo News's Katie Couric. "But he doesn't have experience in any of these areas, and he's acting as a super secretary of State."


"I don't know what that means in terms of [Secretary of State] Rex Tillerson's job, but I can only imagine the firestorm that would have been provoked had Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClose the avenues of foreign meddling Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster MORE made [her daughter] Chelsea her, essentially, second in command on all of these issues," he continued.

Schiff also blasted Trump's own inexperience in government, and argued that that fact alone increases his need for established and battle-tested advisers.

"You have a president himself deeply inexperienced in all these matters relying so heavily on a son-in-law who is equally inexperienced in all these matters," Schiff said.

Kushner, a real estate heir and businessman in his own right, is said to be a close confidant of the president with considerable sway in the White House. And while he holds the official title of senior adviser, Kushner has become his father-in-law's point person on a sweeping array of issues, including Middle East peace, U.S.-China relations, criminal justice reform and overhauling how the government is run.

This week, Kushner is meeting with high-ranking Iraqi government officials in Baghdad to discuss the ongoing fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. And last week, Kushner was put in charge of a task force that will examine the ways in which government can be run like a company.

Of deeper concern, Schiff said, is that Trump is using the same managerial style that he used to run his personal business empire to run the federal government.

"The real issue here is the president is attempting to run the country the way he ran his business — as a family business — and it's just not the same thing," he said.