WATCH: James Clapper mocks Jared Kushner for trying to solve Middle East peace without security clearance
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper expressed befuddlement on Monday over the fact that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has been given so many responsibilities related to foreign policy despite the fact that he still lacks a permanent security clearance.
During an interview on CNN, host Chris Cuomo outlined all the reasons that Kushner has still not been granted a full security clearance and asked Clapper how strange it was that the Trump son-in-law was still being given high-level responsibilities such as bringing peace to the Middle East.
“I can’t think of a situation like that,” Clapper admitted. “If it were normal people, they wouldn’t have access to classified information.”
Cuomo then pressed Clapper and asked him whether it was even possible for Kushner to do his job without security clearance — and Clapper said that it was not.
“He has a ‘Superman’ portfolio all the way from Middle East peace, to China, all the way to reorganizing the government,” Clapper said mockingly. “I don’t think realistically he could perform, given the sensitivities of those portfolios. I don’t know how he could do the job without full access to all the information that is potentially available to him.”
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