Jared Kushner, husband of first daughter Ivanka Trump and senior adviser to the president, has finally been stripped of his top-secret security clearance. Though a Kushner spokesperson said this clearance downgrade will not affect Kushner’s work or ability to do his job, Twitter isn’t buying it and apparently neither did Chief of Staff John Kelly, who had the final say.
Kushner isn’t the only White House employee to go through a reevaluation of sorts. After wife-beater Rob Porter— who was hired on by Kelly— was found to have been reading top secret material, the Chief of Staff vowed changes. According to The New York Times,
Mr. Kushner’s business background, and the well-publicized financial woes of his family’s real estate empire, have long raised concerns in American security agencies that foreign governments might try to gain influence inside the Trump White House by trying to do business with the president’s son-in-law.
Jared Kushner quickly became a trending topic on Twitter as the roasting commenced:
but does Jared Kushner still have access to the president’s most trusted source of top-level information, days-old broadcasts of Fox and Friends?— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) February 27, 2018
If you have a key to your own diary, you have a higher security clearance than Jared Kushner.— Dan Wilbur (@DanWilbur) February 28, 2018
Breaking: Jared Kushner’s security clearance downgraded to “Still Too Much Clearance but Nothing Matters Anymore”— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 27, 2018
If anyone in the WH wants to make fun of Jared Kushner after his security clearance was downgraded send him this. pic.twitter.com/PuzLB2fWVx— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) February 28, 2018
Jared losing his security clearance is the drunk rich friend who has his driver's license suspended and now everyone has to drive him around.— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) February 28, 2018
You can still tell Jared Kushner your own personal secrets.— Josh Barro (@jbarro) February 27, 2018
Poor Jared Kushner, losing his top level security clearance. How is he going to perform his 400 jobs that he's overwhelmingly unqualified for now?— Michael Misses His Puppy (@Home_Halfway) February 28, 2018
Really hard to know who to root for in the Kushner vs Kelly spat. The writers need to incorporate more likeable characters if they expect the audience to stay invested.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 27, 2018
I PLEDGE TO WORK FOR FREE for any foreign government to help secure financing for my debts. I am a 37-year-old failson, Infant, Major-league out of my depth. I have a concealed agenda, Primary and Alternate lawyer, and no necessary security clearance or knowledge. pic.twitter.com/k5jfYE80Ot— Jake Currie (@jakecurrie) February 28, 2018
So is Jared Kushner going to resign because there's nothing he can do without a TS clearance and go back to NYC to watch his business collapse or what?— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 27, 2018
“Kushner loses access to top-secret intelligence.” Ah, that’s a relief. Now deliver him to Klytus 4 post clearance “conditioning” n’ a Level 6 precautionary Mind Wipe.???♂️— Axl Rose (@axlrose) February 27, 2018
"He doesn't know what he doesn't know, and now he cannot find out." -- a former State Department Mideast negotiator neatly summing up Jared Kushner's entire life— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) February 28, 2018
We go now to live footage of Jared Kushner trying to enter the Oval Office pic.twitter.com/mqZIUgabSf— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) February 28, 2018
Bad news for Jared Kushner. pic.twitter.com/oazLo5ULHr— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) February 28, 2018
Many maintained that the White House’s insistence Kushner’s downgrade will not affect his job is worrisome at best and straight up lies at worst.
The White House maintains that Jared Kushner’s ability to do his job, which involves negotiating peace in the Middle East, won’t be affected by the new security clearance policy. Pretty much no one else sees it that way.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 27, 2018
According to Jeremy Bash, the Israeli ambassador to the United States of America can't speak with Jared Kushner because he lost his top-secret security status.— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) February 27, 2018
Reminder: Kushner's main job is securing peace in the Middle East.
Y'all Jared Kushner has same level of security clearance as the guy who cooks Trump's scrambled eggs & bacon in WH but Gen. John Kelly is STILL allowing him to oversee Israeli-Palestinian peace effort— nicki ? (@nickiknowsnada) February 27, 2018
I'M?SO?DONE?#MTPDaily #Resist #JaredKushner #VoteBlue
And reminded us to stay wary of Kushner’s supposed ignorance. He is, after all, a member of Donald Trump’s family.
Now, by law, Jared has to stick two fingers in his ears and hum during family dinners.— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) February 27, 2018
Call me when Jared Kushner’s role in the family is downgraded to “Tiffany” pic.twitter.com/f4HMXZAfS0— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) February 27, 2018
Jared Kushner would've never had clearance if he weren't Trump's son-in-law.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 28, 2018
Jared Kushner would've never had a WH job if he weren't Trump's son-in-law.
Jared Kushner would've been fired already if he weren't Trump's son-in-law.
Jared Kushner is why anti-nepotism laws exist.
Proceed with caution. Trump can show Jared whatever he wants, regardless of clearance. Reporters should be diligent in pushing for whether Kushner will have actual access to TS classified material in future (especially on ad hoc loophole basis), regardless of clearance status. https://t.co/jNzcXGfzrc— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) February 27, 2018
Oh sure. I totally believe that when Jared or Ivanka hit up Trump for intel the answer will be "Sorry, kids, but that's beyond your clearance level, and you know I'm a stickler for protocol!" https://t.co/bDDaLsVOs1— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) February 27, 2018
Somehow, this isn’t even the most troubling aspect of Jared Kushner’s involvement with anything White House related. More worrisome is this Washington Post investigation which reveals Kushner’s business interests in China, Israel, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates were manipulating “Kushner’s financial needs and his lack of foreign policy experience in order to better serve their own interests.” In fact, these foreign powers were so intent on taking advantage of Kush’s ignorance they “even refused to talk to more experienced American officials and insisted on only communicating with Kushner.”
But tell me about that WITCH HUNT again?