MSNBC's Joe Scarborough warned Jared Kushner after the election that he could not continue pursuing business opportunities while serving in the White House, but the president's son-in-law didn't listen.
Intelligence officials shared the "Morning Joe" host's concerns and recommended against granting Kushner access classified information, but President Donald Trump personally intervened to get him the clearance -- and then lied about it.
"The president lies every day, lies repeatedly every day, lies about North Korean dictators killing an American college student," Scarborough said. "He's reckless abroad and he's reckless at home. This is a really serious process, and the recklessness and the lying by Ivanka (Trump) and Donald Trump show once given they are just extraordinarily reckless people in charge of some of the most sensitive secrets in the United States government."
Scarborough said he and co-host Mika Brzezinski were concerned that Kushner, a personal friend of theirs, would continue to seek funding for his family's troubled Manhattan real estate venture while serving in his father-in-law's administration.
"Mika and I had grave concerns during the transition, and we expressed those concerns," Scarborough said. "Actually, I expressed them to Jared and to others that he needed to decide whether he was going to work inside the White House or he was going to raise money for 666 (Fifth Avenue). You couldn't do both, I told him. Stupid me, little did I know he was going to do both."
"His father-n-law's doing both," he added, "and we've talked about this a lot over the past two-and-a-half years. If you don't understand Donald Trump's foreign policy, then follow the money."