Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has had such a bad patch recently, including losing his top-secret security clearance, that the president himself is joking about it. Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the president’s agenda. Or is he the master manipulator, leading the other useful idiots?
A White House official who spoke with Trump on the topic said the President “was angry that Kushner – and, by extension, daughter Ivanka – were in his view being dishonestly maligned. Instead he appointed the heir to an opaque Manhattan real estate empire with deep ties to Israel who boasts that, as a businessman, ‘I don’t care about the past'”. If Trump can’t lead like this, he should get out of the way.
He then went on to mock several media organisations including “the failing New York Times” and CNN.
And when selecting his closest adviser, Trump “could have chosen from among seasoned and wise strategists”.
Why? Our bottom line is that these men are two peas in a pod. “It’s actually been really exciting and invigorating ’cause you want new thought”, Trump said. They all but shrug off the president’s policy pivots, just as Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., often decline to comment on the Trump tweet of the day. And national security adviser H.R. McMaster found out from intelligence reports that at least four countries had discussed ways in which to manipulate Kushner via his complex business dealings, financial difficulties and inexperience.
Christie told ABC this morning that the case of former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who had not received a security clearance and resigned from the West Wing when domestic violence allegations surfaced, “was not handled correctly from the beginning; the fact that you had all these people on interim clearances has created a lot of these problems”. Deals with Qatari and Chinese investors have fallen through, though the same Qatari government investment fund whose deal fell through is a top investor in Apollo’s real estate trust.
The Gulf crisis involving Qatar and its neighbors will likely be Kushner’s defining foreign policy legacy.
Meanwhille, Kushner Companies LLC is reportedly seeking more than $1 billion in loans to refinance debt on properties in New York City and Chicago.
Hicks, unlike Ivanka Trump, did not as a schoolgirl have to cope with tabloid headlines like “Best Sex I’ve Ever Had” splashed on the cover of the New York Post next to a photo of her father, describing his exploits with then-mistress, later-wife Marla Maples.
Somewhat similarly, during the transition period Kushner attempted to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin, according to intercepts of the Russian ambassador. Only a willfully resistant mind would fail to see that she brought it upon herself by taking on a White House role for which she was completely unprepared.
Trump’s off-the-cuff enticement of a global trade war and calls for limits on the constitutional right to bear arms cleaved a schism between the mercurial president and his Republican backers, sparked a stock market sell-off and prompted threats of retaliatory sanctions from across the globe. Trump, his daughter and Kushner are all working without pay. Apollo had previously reported that the Obama administration SEC had subpoenaed it for information related to the issue.
With advisers like these, who needs enemies?
One official insisted that Kushner, through a week of brutal headlines, somehow remained concentrated on putting final touches on the proposal – an expansive and ambitious project that, once revealed, has the potential to reveal the seriousness of his work and his justification for remaining in his job. “DISGRACEFUL!” Trump wrote Wednesday.