A retired four-star Army General, Barry McCaffrey, went in on Jared Kushner during an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday, saying, “Putting Jared Kushner, a 30-something person with no foreign policy or defense policy experience, as a leading representative of the United States is simply outrageous.”
But General McCaffrey is far from the first to question Kushner’s qualifications and fitness for the job. A group of 25 House Democrats called on White House chief of staff John Kelly to fire Jared Kushner earlier this month. The lawmakers wrote a letter in which they surmised it is “impossible for the American people or their elected Representatives to have faith that Jared Kushner will put their interests above his own personal and finance interests.”
Last month, The Washington Post reported that foreign officials from at least four countries have discussed how to use Kushner’s total lack of experience to their advantage. The four countries cited are: United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico. The letter cited a series of reports on Jared Kushner’s foreign financial interests and how those interests may be used to manipulate Kushner. Also last month, the Securities and Exchanges Commission began an investigation into the Kushner family company’s alleged misuse of a visa program.
In late February, Kushner’s security clearance was downgraded as a result of Kushner’s team continued failure to comply with necessary disclosures for background checks required to attain the top-level security clearance that the First Son-In-Law had enjoyed.
Without a doubt, all of this will be closely investigated by Robert Mueller’s team as there is particular interest in President Trump’s transitional period.