Kellyanne Conway on Kushner Clearance Report: Trump Would Have ‘Absolute Right’ to Do That
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was asked in two separate interviews today about the New York Times report that President Donald Trump made the call to give Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance “overruling concerns flagged by intelligence officials and the White House’s top lawyer.”
On Fox News, Conway said, “We don’t discuss security clearances. I’m not even going to discuss my own. But I will tell you that the president has the absolute right to do what was described, but we’re not going to discuss that. I will tell you as these stories are breaking Jared Kushner was over in the Middle East working on behalf of this country.”
Anchor Sandra Smith noted how Ivanka Trump had said the president was not involved. Conway said again the White House doesn’t comment on security clearances and “if Ivanka Trump chose to comment she probably has knowledge that some of us do not have, so she has the right to do that.”
When asked on MSNBC about Trump’s previous denials, Conway said, “You’re going to have to go back and see what the president has said. He has the absolute authority to do that and he trusts Jared as one of the members of his senior team.”
You can watch above, via Fox News and MSNBC.
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