WH Trying To Keep Kushner Involved On Sensitive Issues Without Trump’s Intervention
White House officials have been toiling to frame a plan this week to permit Jared Kushner to keep on his role managing sensitive foreign policy matters without compelling President Donald Trump to personally arbitrate. Besides, Trump has not been provided access to classified information, according to people in the know of things.
The confusion arose after a memo was issued by chief of staff John Kelly affirming that the White House will disallow certain employees with interim security clearances access to high-level secret information if their background inquiry has been pending. Kushner belongs to this league.
Trump personally could offer any clearance to Kushner as President. However, the advisers to the President have decided that it would be a drastic step and create deep schisms within the intelligence community and the top aides of Trump. Kelly, a retired Marine general, has also intimated that Trump’s individual intervention would present a problem and probably undermine his authority in the West Wing.
Rather, aides have been seeking a solution that would permit Kushner to keep on working on Middle East and China matters. This will also not infringe Kelly’s mandate that interim clearances be withdrawn, and also would not require Trump’s personal interference.
The ideas or remedies that have been formally suggested are unclear. Nevertheless, an official speculated there might be a method to totally seal off the relevant information for Kushner’s roster of issues. This would enable Kushner to continue acting on them without needing a clearance.
The more complex issue is the concern of Trump’s everyday intelligence briefing, which would need some level of clearance. Kushner features among the White House officials who frequently obtain the daily roundup of issues that the intelligence community decides the President must be aware of every morning. Various White House officials have stated the difficulties with Kushner’s security clearance. It has only heightened Kushner’s frustration with Kelly, who has a personal dislike for Kushner and Ivanka Trump for being not serious and interfering.
Trump, though has offered Kelly his total backing in attempts to reform the White House’s system of security clearances. Moreover, Trump has also informed his chief of staff that modifications were required to keep the system in order. Kelly has understood that as a broad mandate that would also include Kushner.
As regards queries on whether the latest clearance policy would impact Kushner, Kelly released a statement stating he had “full confidence in (Kushner’s) ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico.”
Kelly mentioned that everybody in the White House was grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the President’s agenda and there was no truth to any suggestion otherwise.