in kushner we don't trust
April 3, 2019

The person identified as "Senior White House Official 1" in the transcript of testimony by a government whistleblower is President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, The Washington Post reports.

During her interview last month with House Oversight Committee staffers, Tricia Newbold from the White House's personnel security office said she and other career officials determined that "Senior White House Official 1" had too many "significant disqualifying factors" to receive a security clearance; they were specifically concerned about his private business interests, personal conduct, and potential foreign influence, people who viewed committee documents released this week told the Post. Newbold said they were overruled by the office's former director, Carl Kline, a Trump appointee.

Newbold also said that since last year, 25 people have received clearances or access to national security information, despite warnings about their criminal conduct, drug use, financial problems, and foreign ties.

Earlier this year, several news outlets reported that even though intelligence officials raised the alarm about Kushner, Trump ordered his former chief of staff, John Kelly, give his son-in-law top-secret security clearance. Catherine Garcia

February 27, 2019

While President Trump was arriving in Vietnam ahead of his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, senior adviser Jared Kushner quietly met with the two most powerful men in Saudi Arabia.

Kushner, along with Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, traveled to Saudi Arabia and spoke with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Tuesday.

The White House revealed the meeting on Wednesday, saying the group discussed increasing U.S.-Saudi cooperation, U.S. attempts to facilitate peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and economic investment in Saudi Arabia.

In the past, Kushner has had a positive relationship with the Saudis and with the crown prince in particular. Bin Salman previously said he had Kushner "in his pocket," and the two have reportedly worked together strategically before.

After the murder of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October, the CIA said they had "high confidence" that bin Salman was responsible for ordering his death. Despite this conclusion, neither Kushner nor President Trump outwardly condemned bin Salman, and instead Kushner continued to provide advice to the crown prince on how to handle the media frenzy surrounding the murder. Kushner and bin Salman reportedly did not discuss Khashoggi on Tuesday. Marianne Dodson

January 23, 2019

Feeling confident after helping pass criminal justice legislation, Jared Kushner is now certain he has the negotiating skills to end the government shutdown, now the longest one in U.S. history.

The Washington Post interviewed two dozen lawmakers, people close to President Trump, and friends of Kushner, all of whom had differing opinions of Kushner's political prowess. As a senior adviser and son-in-law to Trump, Kushner has his ear, and he told the president that because he has good relationships with many Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), he feels he can reach a deal on his own. Kushner really is flying solo on this one, doing much of his work out of his West Wing office (which, apropos of nothing, has a Kanye West poster above the door) and away from other White House officials because he doesn't really trust them, the Post reports.

Every morning, Kushner meets with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and a handful of others to discuss strategy, White House aides said, and he's warned Trump against declaring a national emergency. While one senior Democratic aide described Kushner as being "totally a nonentity" and a senior White House aide called him "delusional" to think he'll end the shutdown, his old friend Ken Kurson was effusive with his praise, saying Kushner "could teach a master class in getting to yes" and has "helped the president put together a series of wins that many of those same pundits said were impossible. ... I think everyone in America, on all political sides, is glad Jared Kushner is in the room." Catherine Garcia

September 13, 2018

After spending years aiding the Trump administration, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are worried they'll never get back into the liberal paradise of New York City. So Kushner anonymously told the world that he's part of an internal White House "resistance," hoping the couple's Hamptons buddies would forgive them for their time in Washington.

That's Ann Coulter's theory behind which White House senior official wrote last week's bombshell New York Times op-ed, she told The Daily Beast in an interview published Thursday. And his purported authorship is just one of the conservative commentator's many problems with President Trump's son-in-law:

"He and Ivanka are going to have to go back to the Upper East Side and go to the Hamptons," Coulter explains. "They're probably worried that [President] Trump will be removed within the next few years. [...] [The op-ed] was right after Labor Day, so they were probably feeling wistful for the Hamptons. And the only way they can get back in is if they can say, 'Don't worry, we're the ones who stopped the wall.'"

Coulter added: "I don't particularly want to attack Jared, but, okay, there was 'Fire Jim Comey, it's a great idea.' There was ‘Endorse Luther Strange, it'll be a great idea.' There was 'Let's start with tax cuts, because that's what Mitch McConnell wants.' There was 'Let's hire Anthony Scaramucci — he's fantastic, Pops!'" [The Daily Beast]

As Coulter laments in her newest book, Resistance Is Futile!, "Trump hasn't shot Kushner, and he probably won't, since he doesn't even realize that Kushner is wrecking his presidency." Read more about Coulter's Kushner vendetta at The Daily Beast. Kathryn Krawczyk

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