Jared Kushner's Security Clearance Depends on John Kelly, Trump Says

25 February, 2018, 02:23 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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During a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump responded to a question about Kushner's clearance with praise for his daughter Ivanka Trump, as well as Kushner's "outstanding" work.

But the notification led White House lawyers and aides to believe they were more problematic than the complexity of his finances and his initial failure to disclose contacts with foreign leaders - the reasons Kushner's lawyers have said are holding up the process, the two people said.

Under the order, Friday marks the deadline for staffers to either receive a permanent clearance or be restricted from handling classified information.

However, when asked about his temporary security clearance, he said: "That will be up to General Kelly".

The security clearance overhaul follows a scandal in which White House staff secretary Rob Porter was allowed to handle classified information under an interim security clearance despite multiple domestic violence allegations.

"Gen. Kelly respects Jared a lot", Trump said.

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"He works for nothing".

In the 2014 National Football League report, Martin had also expressed distress over being "a pushover, a people-pleaser", texting friends and family to say: "I mostly blame the soft schools I went to, which fostered within me a feeling that I'm a huge p-sy, as I never got into fights".

During Friday's news conference he said, "We can not get a better representative" than Ivanka Trump in South Korea.

"It shouldn't take this long", Trump said, apparently referring to the process of receiving a permanent security clearance.

Kushner remains on an interim security clearance because of "issues raised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during their background checks", The New York Times reported this week.

"This is Kelly's way of saying, 'it's me or Jared, '" a Republican close to the White House told VF's Gabriel Sherman.

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A White House spokesman declined to comment on the status of Kushner's clearance or on information relayed by Rosenstein to McGahn, the Post said. "He's working on peace in the Middle East and some other small and very easy deals".

The issues with Kushner's security clearance process has left some senators concerned, including Sen. "There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise", he said. "She said, 'Dad, i want to go to Washington".

But in placing responsibility for the matter with Kelly, Trump was handing the contentious issue to someone with a complicated, and increasingly caustic, relationship with Kushner.

Describing the couple as "the most entitled people on earth", Wolff claimed they have "not one scintilla of relevant experience to this job".

A White House official said staff members affected by the memo were being notified individually Friday.

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