Trump says Jared Kushner's security clearance is up to chief of staff

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It also provided another layer of intrigue to the acrimonious relationship between Kushner and Kelly, who have been at odds over access to the President and the classified materials he views.

Questions loomed Friday about the fate of White House staffers who have yet to receive a full clearance to discuss top secret information. Losing clearance would likely greatly inhibit Kushner's work, given his portfolio as a senior adviser on policy toward China, Mexico and the Middle East, among other topics.

That isn't sitting well with chief of staff John Kelly, who warned he would crack down today.

The debate over security clearance has also heightened existing tensions between Kushner and Kelly. 'Here's the thing, ' the Republican official said.

Kelly said in a statement on Thursday that he would not comment on anyone's specific security clearance situation.

Problems with security clearance for White House aides surfaced this month in fallout over the abrupt resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter over allegations of domestic abuse against two former wives.

It was not immediately clear how Kushner, the president's son-in-law, would be protected from Kelly's crackdown on interim White House clearances. But the President's advisers have determined that taking that step would be drastic and cause deep rifts within the intelligence community and among Trump's top aides.

According to a report from The Washington Post, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke to White House general counsel Donald McGahn about the development, which he said required further investigation.

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"That will be up to General Kelly". "And General Kelly will make that call". So that will be up to General Kelly'.

"I have no doubt he will make the right decision", Trump said.

Trump slammed the background check system on Friday, calling it a "broken system" and insisting "it shouldn't take this long". This issue would continue in the event that Kelly were forced out.

Trump wants to do what he wants when he wants, and one gets the sense that although Kelly has been incredibly weak as the chief of staff, he is still the only person providing even shred of order to the chaos that is this administration.

Kushner is reportedly anxious that Kelly is directly targeting him with the new rules. "There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise", he said.

At his news conference Friday, Trump defended his son-in-law, who he noted does not draw a salary.

Rosenstein allegedly spoke with White House counsel Don McGahn on February 9, telling him that additional information was required from Kushner that would cause further delays for President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE's son-in-law, who has been using a temporary security clearance since joining the White House.