Kushner’s top-secret security clearance downgraded due to contact with foreign officials, reports say

US President Donald Trump’s advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner and additional aides were reportedly notified last week that their security clearance had been downgraded. US reports claimed the move came amid officials in four countries, including Israel, discussing ways to manipulate the advisor.
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Senior US presidential advisor Jared Kushner has reportedly been stripped of his access to top-secret information after his security clearance was downgraded. Kushner and several other aides were notified of the change in a memo delivered last week, said US reports.

According to a report in the Washington Post citing anonymous sources, the reason for the clearance downgrade lay in Kushner’s contact with foreign officials, which was allegedly carried out without going through the appropriate channels. In addition, the report claimed that officials in Israel, the United Arab Emirates, China and Mexico discussed ways to leverage Kushner’s inexperience and financial debt in various countries to manipulate him to work in their favor.

Due to these changes, Kushner will no longer be able to attend the daily White House briefings given by of the US Intelligence Community. US Policy dictates that the president may grant permanent clearance to his aides; however, during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, President Donald Trump said he intends to leave the decision in the hands of Chief of Staff General John Kelly.

“I will let General Kelly make that decision and he’s going to do what’s right for the country,” said Trump when asked about the issue. “I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision.”

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