Author Vicky Ward told CNN’s John Berman on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s own top foreign policy officials considered son-in-law Jared Kushner to be “downright dangerous” given his meddling in Middle Eastern diplomacy.
During her interview with Berman, Ward explained that former Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis became alarmed when Kushner successfully urged the United States to support an embargo of Qatar in 2017, despite the fact that Qatar is the site of a major American military base.
“Instead of solving Middle East peace, Jared nearly put us into a war in the region!” she exclaimed. “That is our security on the line. that was when Rex Tillerson and Jim Mattis, the defense secretary who had no idea about any of this, thought that Jared went from being a really annoying obstacle and meddler to being downright dangerous.”
She said that Trump seemed to realize at various points that it was a bad idea to have Kushner and first daughter Ivanka Trump making policy in the White House, but he could never bring himself to fire them.
“He understood that they were a liability to him,” she said. “He hated the negative press they garnered, particularly over, you know, Jared’s inability to fill out his security clearance forms.”
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"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.
"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."
"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."
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"You responded to a series of questions about the call and saw nothing wrong with it, yet you skipped your chain of command to go to legal counsel to find out — I guess to find out what to do, because you were concerned about the political fallout, not about anything being appropriate or wrong with the call, is that correct?" asked Demings.
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Santorum was effectively arguing for people to ignore the words coming from Trump.
"Wait, this argument is insane," Carrie Cordero said. "You cannot argue that the president of the United States' words do not matter or that he's just sort of spouting off or he has his own views."
"The reality is we ignore 80 to 90% of what the president says," Santorum argued. "Look at the tweets, we ignore most of those things he tweets and say 'it's Trump being Trump.'"
Then CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin flattened Santorum.