Officials from China, the United Arab Emirates and at least two other countries privately talked about ways they could control Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, a Washington Post report said on Tuesday, citing current and former U.S. officials.
The foreign officials, also from Israel and Mexico, sought to take advantage of Kushner’s business arrangements, financial difficulties, and lack of foreign policy experience, according to unnamed U.S. officials the report said were familiar with intelligence reports on the matter.
... This, of course, is cited as one of the reasons that Kushner lost the top security clearance he never should have had in the first place. But does anyone really believe that the president* will abide by this decision? My guess? He and Jared will be chatting over the presidential daily briefing paper by the middle of next week. Hell, somebody in the White House has to read the thing.
And there is the big, trumpeting elephant in the middle of the Oval Office. Every good reason to keep Jared Kushner’s grasping little paws off vital national security information also applies quite well to the current president* of the United States.
Business arrangements? Check. Financial difficulties? Check? Lack of foreign policy experience? Many, many checks. Also, too: vulnerable to pressure and/or blackmail? Well, yes, thank you. Why did you ask?
By that criterion, Jared Kushner is a rank amateur. But an enthusiastic one.
From Reuters again: Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not officially report or coordinate through official channels, the report said. The foreign officials’ beliefs of Kushner’s vulnerabilities were items raised in McMaster’s daily intelligence briefings, the report said. Slick, compromised, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
It's all just fucking nuts. Seriously, it's outrageous, and is just another scandal in the Trump White House that has spawned on average 2 scandals every fucking day since they started, and overall about 20 huge fucking scandals. These are some seriously corrupt and dumb motherfuckers.
And now this more recent news of corrupt fuckery with our pals in the House of Saud:
UNTIL HE WAS stripped of his top-secret security clearance in February, presidential adviser Jared Kushner was known around the White House as one of the most voracious readers of the President’s Daily Brief, a highly classified rundown of the latest intelligence intended only for the president and his closest advisers.
Kushner, who had been tasked with bringing about a deal between Israel and Palestine, was particularly engaged by information about the Middle East, according to a former White House official and a former U.S. intelligence professional.
In June, Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman ousted his cousin, then-Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and took his place as next in line to the throne, upending the established line of succession.
In the months that followed, the President’s Daily Brief contained information on Saudi Arabia’s evolving political situation, including a handful of names of royal family members opposed to the crown prince’s power grab, according to the former White House official and two U.S. government officials with knowledge of the report. Like many others interviewed for this story, they declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about sensitive matters to the press.
In late October, Jared Kushner made an unannounced trip to Riyadh, catching some intelligence officials off guard. “The two princes are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights, swapping stories and planning strategy,” the Washington Post’s David Ignatius reported at the time.
What exactly Kushner and the Saudi royal talked about in Riyadh may be known only to them, but after the meeting, Crown Prince Mohammed told confidants that Kushner had discussed the names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince, according to three sources who have been in contact with members of the Saudi and Emirati royal families since the crackdown.