Good Friday Morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump has lunch with the secretary of State
- The president participates in a discussion on economic growth with our nation’s mayors
- President Trump hosts a roundtable with Hispanic pastors
Jared Kushner’s security clearance
A big story about Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner hit the headlines last night via NBC News. One of the article’s co-authors is “Fusion Ken” Dilanian, a favorite emissary for the anti-Trump muckraking firm “Fusion GPS.”
Jared Kushner’s application for a top secret clearance was rejected by two career White House security specialists after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him — but their supervisor overruled the recommendation and approved the clearance, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.
And it wasn’t just Kushner.
Kushner’s was one of at least 30 cases in which Kline overruled career security experts and approved a top secret clearance for incoming Trump officials despite unfavorable information, the two sources said. They said the number of rejections that were overruled was unprecedented — it had happened only once in the three years preceding Kline’s arrival.
Is there anything to this story? I don’t know. I’ve heard people in the administration complain that the security clearance system has been weaponized by anti-Trump deep-staters who slow-walk and obstruct pro-Trump people from getting jobs that need clearances. So here I see a story written by the lead cheerleader for the firm that peddled the salacious and unverified pee-pee dossier used as a pretense to spy on the Trump campaign and I don’t immediately trust the story.
One other thing: where did this story come from? Did some “sources” just contact NBC News out of the blue or was there a special interest pushing this story into the news cycle when it really is barely relevant to current events? Cui bono?
Another brick in the…
So yesterday, two proposals to open the government failed in the Senate, one with wall funding and one without. The Senate continues to negotiate on something or other. “Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer huddled with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on a deal that would reopen the government for three weeks while they continued to negotiate border security.”
Trump’s made several concessions since the shutdown, but to no avail. Now CNN is reporting: White House preparing draft national emergency order, has identified $7 billion for wall.
The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN.
“The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency,” a draft of a presidential proclamation reads.
“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States,” the draft adds.
Do you think President Trump should declare an emergency to get his wall funding? If he does, what will the Democrats do?
This story is not getting enough attention.
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And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!