Foreign officials in at least four foreign countries were discussing ways they could reportedly manipulate White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, according to a Tuesday report.
Both current and former U.S. officials with knowledge of intelligence information claimed officials from countries like United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico were looking for ways to take advantage of Kushner by relying on his inexperience with foreign policy and his business dealings, reported The Washington Post.
Officials are still unsure if the foreign officials went any further than just discussing the possibility of manipulating Kushner.
“We will not respond substantively to unnamed sources peddling second-hand hearsay with rank speculation that continue to leak inaccurate information,” Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Kushner’s lawyer, told WaPo.
Some White House officials were concerned about foreign officials being able to trick Kushner, while national security adviser H.R. McMaster reportedly wanted further explanation when he learned Kushner had contacts with foreigners and had not informed people officially about it.
“When he learned about it, it surprised him,” one official said to WaPo. “He thought that was weird…It was an unusual thing. I don’t know that any White House has done it this way before.”
Kushner and a handful of other White House aides reportedly lost his access to top-secret intelligence Friday. Currently operating on an interim security clearance, Kushner was allegedly told by the Department of Justice that it could take a while for him to receive a permanent clearance due to needing more information.
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