Foreign Policy

Report: Foreign Officials Privately Discuss Manipulating Jared Kushner

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner lost access to top secret information yesterday and CNN recently reported that the primary reason Kushner never received permanent security clearance is because special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation of him isn't complete, but that's evidently only part of the story.

We now have a more complete picture of Kushner's precarious position thanks to the Washington Post which reports that intelligence agencies have recorded conversations of foreign officials discussing their plans to manipulate Kushner.

Moreover, Kushner's compromised position has been the subject of daily intelligence briefings.

Among those nations discussing ways to influence Kushner to their advantage were the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico, the current and former officials said. [...]

H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report. The issue of foreign officials talking about their meetings with Kushner and their perceptions of his vulnerabilities was a subject raised in McMaster’s daily intelligence briefings, according to the current and former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. [...]

Officials in the White House were concerned that Kushner was “naive and being tricked” in conversations with foreign officials, some of whom said they wanted to deal only with Kushner directly and not more experienced personnel, said one former White House official.

Foreign officials who have their own intelligence agencies at their disposal are not oblivious to the fact that Kushner has financial interests they can exploit to maneuver him and there's no doubt in my mind that they already have.

The Washington Post also reports that questions about "the protocols Kushner used" to deal with foreign leaders has come up during interview with special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mueller has already indicted several former Trump administration and campaign officials for acting as unregistered foreign agents.

Nepotism in government is bad, and not just because it presents a conflict of interest. It's also a national security risk.

Of course, almost everything said about Kushner also applied to Trump himself. Trump is the ultimate conflict of interest and national security risk. Trump is also "naive and being tricked."

  • Draxiar

    I wish nothing but eternal misery for these people.

    • Tony Lavely

      There you go, being nice again. /sarcasm

      • Draxiar

        If you only knew how right you are!

  • muselet

    What? A heavily-indebted nincompoop with no background or experience in international negotiations could be manipulated?

    Why, you could knock me over with a proverbial.

    The sooner this charisma-free meatsack goes back to making dodgy real estate deals, the better for the country.


    • Especially one that badly needs 1.2 billion from somewhere, anywhere.


      Like, NOW. 😒

  • Aynwrong

    Of course foreign intelligence agencies are looking for ways to manipulate Kushner. Given his financial history he practically has “easy mark” stamped on his forehead.


    • ninjaf

      Yes, all 3 — THREE — of those emails with the “(c)” in the subject line. It was going to be the end of the Republic. But hey…it’s ok. Jared has a penis and his last name is not Clinton, so it’s all good.

    • Username1016

      Hillary’s probably been kicking herself about those blasted emails for months and months and months, but if she’d handled the emails perfectly they’d have latched onto some other minor regulatory infraction (it was a minor regulatory infraction). She’s held to an impossible standard and Trump has no standards at all. The hypocrisy is so thick you could pave highways with it.

  • ninjaf

    H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report.

    The “not reporting” to the NSC seems like the biggest red flag to me.

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