04/14/2017

I’m Starting To Get A Sick Feeling About What Just Happened In The White House …

AllenBWest.com

There are some interesting things happening in the President Trump White House. Recently President Trump seemed to make comments about his “strategist” Steve Bannon. Anytime someone says “I like you, BUT” — well, the separation is coming. There have been dismissals, but it appears it’s no longer rumor and innuendo. There will be some who won’t survive the first 100 days.

And here’s something that’s really giving me the willies.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, “White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner is leading an unprecedented effort to meddle in the White House’s National Security Council, causing mayhem for senior staff who say the president’s son-in-law is interfering in key foreign policy debates, according to Trump administration officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

Kushner has taken aggressive action to micro-manage the NSC, overshadowing even recently installed National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, according to sources both inside and outside the White House who described Kushner’s behavior as highly unusual and damaging to the country’s national security infrastructure. Never before has a White House permitted such a figure to intervene in the NSC, which is traditionally given leeway to investigate foreign policy matters and bring advice to the president. Sources who spoke to the Free Beacon described wide-ranging frustration at the NSC over Kushner’s influence over some of the most important foreign policy portfolios, such as Iraq, Israel, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and China, among others. Senior NSC staff are finding their hands tied when it comes to performing even perfunctory duties, such as talking points and statements on high profile issues that must go through Kushner for approval. Sources who spoke to the Free Beacon described this level of involvement as kneecapping the NSC and contributing to its difficulties formulating policy.”

Jared Kushner is an Ivy League-educated, 36-year-old commercial real estate “expert.” Being president of the United States is not a family business. If those placed into certain positions are now being superseded, especially in matters of national security, by the president’s son-in-law, it will not be long before those individuals exit.

And what is rather perplexing for me to comprehend is, what is the role of White House Chief of Staff (COS), Reince Preibus? The COS is supposed to be the single point of contact for staff coordination. He’s supposed to be the one who has the final ear of the president, and the one to whom everyone goes through to have an audience with the POTUS. It seems that something is amiss in this traditional relationship.

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