President Trump said his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, will decide if Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, keeps a security clearance that gives him access to highly classified government secrets.
“General Kelly will make that call,” Trump told reporters on Friday during a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “I won’t make that call.”
Kelly had set Friday as a deadline, after which White House aides still without an interim security clearance would require a waiver to continue to see classified information and attend classified meetings. Losing clearance would likely greatly inhibit Kushner’s work, given his portfolio as a senior advisor on policy toward China, Mexico and the Middle East, among other topics.