White House adviser and son-in-law to President Trump Jared Kushner had his security clearances downgraded on Wednesday, according to Fox News.
This move will restrict Kushner from being able to sit and listen in on the President’s daily briefings.
Kushner has been an aide within the White House for the extent of Trump’s presidency, but it looks like that is now changing—and likely permanently.
The change downgrades Kushner’s top secret clearance to a normal secret clearance which allows for much less access to information.
A spokesperson giving an announcement on behalf of Kushner stated the change will have no effect on his ability to aid the President.
“The new clearance policy will not affect Mr. Kushner’s ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president.”
Kushner once had free reign on foreign policy issues, but his overreaching was viewed as undermining Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Chief of Staff John Kelly has curbed much of his foreign responsibilities as a result.
Last Friday, President Trump made it clear that he would default to Kelly’s recommendation regarding Kushner’s clearance.
“I will let General Kelly make that decision and he’s going to do what’s right for the country and I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision.”
President Trump has been public in his praise of Kushner, calling his a master dealmaker and saying he has “done an outstanding job”.
Chief of Staff Kelly hopes to make the right call, as his handling of previous clearance issues weakened his standing with the President and his staffers after it was made known that Rob Porter had access to sensitive documents with only an interim clearance.
President Trump stated that the clearances have been handled as good as they could have been with the “broken” background check system he inherited from the previous administration.