Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, spoke publicly for the first time Monday since joining the White House staff.
His public debut at a roundtable event with corporate executives on Monday came amid renewed questions about his connections to Russia. Kushner, who oversees the team tasked with modernizing government technology, is reportedly weighing whether to hire his own legal team to shepherd him through investigations in the House, Senate and FBI.
"Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before," Kushner said before the business meeting at the White House. "We will foster a new set of start-ups focused on government technology and be a global leader in the field, making government more transparent and responsive to citizens' needs."
Kushner has presided over an expanding portfolio that includes conducting Middle East peace talks, reorganizing the federal government and preparing the president for high-level diplomatic meetings.
On Wednesday, Kushner is slated to oversee peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials. Earlier this year, the president dispatched him to Iraq to check in on U.S. forces stationed in that country.