President pressured staff to grant security clearance to Ivanka Trump. President Donald Trump pressured his then-chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump a security clearance against their recommendations, three people familiar with the matter told CNN.
The President's crusade to grant clearances to his daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, rankled West Wing officials.
While Trump has the legal authority to grant clearances, most instances are left up to the White House personnel security office, which determines whether a staffer should be granted one after the FBI has conducted a background check. But after concerns were raised by the personnel office, Trump pushed Kelly and McGahn to make the decision on his daughter and son-in-law's clearances so it did not appear as if he was tainting the process to favor his family, sources told CNN. After both refused, Trump granted them their security clearances. Ref. CNN.
Trump reminds me of someone that comes in all flashy and looks like they are doing a lot until you get into the details of what they are doing and you realize they aren't doing much at all, its just lots of words meant to create a fog around what is really happening- nothing worthwhile for the future.
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Many of them have regretted that decision because loyalty works both ways and they have seen where they can be left hanging high and dry by a very impulsive man.
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FBI is examining whether President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort is vulnerable to foreign spies. Federal authorities launched an inquiry into potential intelligence vulnerabilities at the retreat Trump calls his "Winter White House" out of an "Abundance of caution," a person familiar with the matter told USA TODAY on Wednesday. Disclosure of the inquiry comes after agents arrested a Chinese woman at the club who prosecutors said was carrying a thumb drive that contained malware. Ref. USAToday.
Not only is it expensive for him to go down there but he has possibly opened up a den for spies by making it harder for the secret service to sweep the place.
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One of the problems is they cannot keep up with his sudden rash decision makings. Security needs time but if he doesn't give it to them they will pass over things quickly.
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Trump’s eight-hour tweet storm. Donald Trump is well-known for his rants on Twitter. But this one was different and left people wondering if something was seriously wrong.