Naved Jafry, who called for radical privatization to fix Americas cities, steps down following questions from the Guardian about his record
He said he was a multimillionaire an international property developer with a plan to fix Americas cities through radical privatization. He felt that Donald Trumps administration was where he was meant to work.
It was a natural fit, Naved Jafry said in an interview. Citing connections across the military, business and academia, he said: I bring, and draw on, experiences from different areas of knowledge, like a polymath.
Jafry was contracted to work for Trumps housing and urban development department (Hud). His government email signature said his title was senior adviser. Jafry said he used his role to advocate for microcities, where managers privately set their own laws and taxes away from central government control.
But those plans are now stalled. Jafry, 38, said he had resigned from his position with Hud after the Guardian asked him to explain multiple allegations of fraud as well as exaggerations in his biography.
Jafry, who has also been known by Jafari and Jafri, apologised for inflating his military record but denied making other false claims. He said he resigned because the Guardians questions tarnished his reputation inside Hud.
You and I both know we live in the world of opinion and facts merging together, he said.
Hud declined to discuss Jafry. The finding may present a new problem for Hud secretary Ben Carson. On Thursday, Sarah Sanders, Trumps press secretary, said the White House was looking into a controversy around a $31,000 furniture set ordered for Carsons office. After Carson claimed he had no involvement, emails released on Wednesday said he and his wife actually picked out the set.
Styling himself as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jafry said he controlled a multimillion-dollar trust fund built since 1885 by relatives in India. According to court records, however, he struggled to pay rent and bills while engaging in a series of failed takeovers of gas stations and other ventures in Texas over the past decade.