"It's unclear what factors led to the problems with Mr. Kushner's security clearance," read the Times report. "Officials had raised questions about his family and his real estate company's ties to foreign governments and investors, as well as his undeclared contacts with strangers." This case also sparked criticism from the government. against Mr. Trump for the fact that two members of his family perform official duties in the West Wing. "
Stop and think for a moment: The President of the United States has exceeded the concerns expressed, according to the New York Times, by intelligence officials, his chief of staff and his White House lawyer, with a view to to get a very secret security clearance from his son-in-law, who, not for nothing, had a wallet so vast that Kushner was dubbed the "secretary of everything" in the early days of Trump's White House.
Trump's pulling such a movement of power-which is legal, of course, but morally disappointing-is evidence of his attachment to nepotism, a trait that has always defined his life in and out of politics. Trump has few close friends or associates, choosing to surround his offspring – with a handful of men "yes" and hangers scattered generously.
Trump's closest advisors in the Trump organization were his sons, Don Jr. and Eric, and his daughter, Ivanka. (Eric and Don now run the company's day-to-day operations with their father at the White House.) During the 2016 campaign, his three eldest were again in close proximity, with Ivanka's husband, Kushner. (Remember that at the meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 at the Trump Tower, only three members of the Trump campaign were present: Trump Jr., Kushner and the campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.)
And now, at the White House, Trump has Ivanka and Kushner nearby, with amorphous job titles and vast mandates. The high status of "Javanka" – how was this nickname not captured ?? – has reprimanded all kinds of employees not part of the family and leads some to leave the administration, often on their own.
Trump already has two family members in such critical positions that raised eyebrows. The fact that he forced the members of his administration to grant Kushner absolute security clearance over the concerns of senior (and career) executives is very troubling – especially considering that without Trump forced, it seems likely that Kushner would never have received his current top secret clearance.
The indiscriminate nepotism of Trump has created this: one of the highest officials in the White House, who has a role in many extremely delicate situations, including trying to negotiate peace in the Middle East (!), East a person about whom intelligence officials have potential exposure that he could cause to the US government. Sit down with that for a minute.
Then consider this second obvious flaw: Trump did not tell the truth when he was directly questioned about the role he had played in securing Kushner's security clearance.
In January, Trump told The Times that he "had never been involved in security measures" regarding Kushner, adding, "I know that there were security issues for many people, actually, but I do not want to get involved in these things. "
According to the Times – and later in reports in which the Washington Post confirmed much of his story – Trump was not telling the truth in this interview. Not only was he "involved" in Kushner 's security clearance, he also ordered Kelly to give Kushner secret clearance on the objections of the chief of staff of Kushner. time.
(Questioned Thursday about this obvious contradiction, Sarah Sanders, press secretary at the White House, told the Times: "We do not comment on security clearances.")
Nepotism. Ignore the advice of career managers and members of your own staff. And then do not tell the truth when asked. Yes, that's the Trump presidency.