CNN’s Toobin Compares Jared Kushner to an Intern: He Doesn’t Really Know Anything
In light of Jared Kushner’s White House security clearance being downgraded, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin suggested President Donald Trump’s son-in-law should enter the “White House intern program” since he doesn’t “really know anything.”
After the administration botched the clearance status of ex-White House adviser and alleged domestic abuser Rob Porter, chief of staff John Kelly attempted to clamp down on the issue last week. After a year of only being able to obtain interim Top Secret clearance status, Kushner was further downgraded today to just a Secret level.
Toobin responded to this revelation by tearing into Kushner for not being properly qualified for his job:
“We have an intern program for people who are not experienced and they can get up to speed on things. Monica Lewinsky was in the program. But Jared Kushner was not in the intern program. He was in a very high level post in which he remains. So I don’t really think it’s a very sympathetic argument that, ‘well, he was new to the job. He didn’t really know anything. We should cut him a break.’ That’s for the internship program and we don’t put interns in charge of Middle East peace which is apparently still, to this day, Jared Kushner’s job.”
It is unclear when and if Kushner will be able to regain his Top Secret status — much less a permanent clearance — as that will be up to Kelly to decide, since the president punted the issue to him today.
“I will let General Kelly make that decision,” said Trump regarding Kushner’s clearance level. “I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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