Apparently Trump’s son-in-law lost his clearance because the governments of at least four countries were trying to manipulate him.
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and one of the closest advisers of President Donald Trump, lost the top-secret security clearance which had been giving him access to the most important state secrets. According to The Washington Post, based on leaks from the White House, his privileges were taken away due to governments of at least four countries, China, Israel, Mexico and United Arab Emirates, trying to manipulate him, taking advantage of his lack of experience in diplomacy as well as his business connections.
Kushner advises Trump on trade disputes with Beijing, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other burning issues in the Middle East. Meanwhile, his company is doing business in the region, so one can ever tell if, in undertaking discussions, he expresses more concern about the good of the state or his wallet.
Contrary to what the administration’s spokespeople are telling the public, the loss of his clearance diminishes Kushner’s diplomatic abilities, because one cannot efficiently carry out negotiations without access to top-secret information.
Is the Chief of Staff about To Lose His Position as Well?
The clearance was withdrawn from Kushner by John Kelly, chief of staff for President Donald Trump. This is the next stage in the struggle for power, for influence over Trump to be exact, which has been going on since Trump’s inauguration. Reince Priebus, former chief of staff, fell in battle with “Jarvanka.” The nickname that was given to Jared and Ivanka, the president’s daughter, by Michael Wolff in his book “Fire and Fury.”
Priebus’s successor, Kelly, a retired general, is trying to bring more order and put an end to the chaos in the White House, and he ordered that all the issues reported to the president must first go through him, in accordance with the statutory powers of the chief of staff. But he may perhaps lose his position as well, as he incurred the president’s displeasure by messing up the case of Rob Porter, the former staff secretary expelled from the White House after his ex-wives accused him of domestic violence. Kelly was trying to defend him.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in the White House.
It’s easier to kick out the general than a member of his own family. The political career of Kushner, a 35-year-old active businessman, but rather unsuccessful and insecure publisher unappreciated by the New York intellectual elite, who is advising the leader of a superpower on crucial international issues and was given access to the most protected state secrets despite not having any experience in the field as well as being suspected of conflicts of interest, might be normal in Poland under the Law and Justice Party, but definitely does not meet American standards.
Hiring Jared in the White House, as well as Ivanka, does not formally violate regulations against nepotism since neither of them holds a cabinet position which would have required approval from the Senate. But it brings about increasing criticism from commentators pointing out that the couple’s presence in the White House reinforces the suspicion that Trump’s presidency is blurring the boundaries between serious democratic government and family business.
Little wonder that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigating whether Russia coordinated an operation to help Trump win the election, is becoming more and more interested in Trump's business in this country from before he became president, but while he was already planning for his campaign.