Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump thrives on chaos; White House staff pays the price

Trump thrives on chaos; White House staff pays the price

Kushner Companies spokeswoman Chris Taylor in an email to Newsweek denied the company received such requests from the regulator and stated that "these type of inquiries appear to be harassment exclusively for political reasons". Aides believed they had succeeded in getting Trump to back down and hoped to keep television cameras away from an event with industry executives so the president couldn't make a surprise announcement.

Kushner lost his access to the nation's deepest secrets after chief of staff John Kelly ordered that White House officials with interim clearances pending since before June 1, 2017, be cut off if they hadn't received permanent clearances by last Friday.

Christine Taylor, a spokeswoman for Kushner Companies, confirmed the loans to the Associated Press but said any implication that Kushner's White House role affected the company's long-standing relationships with lenders is "made up and without substantiation".

The deal eventually fell through, the Intercept wrote. "Led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a group of Middle Eastern countries, with Kushner's backing, led a diplomatic assault that culminated in a blockade of Qatar". The amount was three times more than the average property loan value the company had handed out.

Kushner had been operating with an interim clearance at the "top secret/sensitive compartmented information" level for more than a year.

The DNC pointed out that the same report stated that Kushner met with foreign officials without officially disclosing the meetings or making National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster aware of them. But that hasn't enough to quell suspicion that he may be using his proximity to the president as financial leverage to benefit his family's company.

It is unclear if President Trump is asking them to leave out of compassion or, as the Times hints, concerns over Kushner's potential legal issues over various business dealings.

NBC cited unnamed people familiar with Mueller's investigation, as well as witnesses who have been interviewed by Mueller's team. One person who speaks to Trump regularly said the president has become increasingly wistful about the camaraderie of that campaign.

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