I have not really blogged much about Jared Kushner because it seems so unnecessary---that it is patently obvious that Kushner is unqualifed and, yes, a security risk. But he is still around, still being given too much responsibility, and still threatening American national security. Oh, and demonstrating why there are laws and norms against nepotism.
What experience does Jared Kushner have to be a White House operative? Crickets. Badly managing a business is not a background for this job. The only experience he has is being married to a Trump.
What experience does Kushner have to help facilitate Mideast piece? Being Jewish is not experience.
What experience does Kushner have to be Trump's emissary? Ok, he's related to Trump, but he has no foreign policy experience. He has no background on Saudi Arabia or China besides perhaps liking despots?
What experience does Kushner have to help with the opoid crisis? Nada.
What experience does he have reforming government agencies? Or with Veteran's Affairs?
The only experience that seems relevant is amassing foreign debt. Which has led to him revising his security clearance paperwork several times. As the folks at Pod Saves America reminded us this week, lying on the form is a felony. Which, of course, then would make Jared ineligible to get a security clearance. Yet he has kept having access to the most secret info, and according to one story I saw, he asks more often than anyone else for the classified info.
Combining Kushner's lack of knowledge with how easily blackmailed he might be, there is no way any semi-normal administration would put him anywhere near the centers of power. Because Kushner is married to the daughter of a President who does not care about norms, standards, rules, etc, Kushner is where he is. He should have been kicked out of the West Wing on day one. It would have been better for all concerned had he and Ivanka (another thoroughly inexperienced amateur) stayed in New York. But that would require judgment about capability and culpability and vulnerability rather than loyalty tests.
Here we are, John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, trying to marginalize the President's son-in-law.... At least, we will have a reminder for the next fifty years that nepotism is a bad idea. Oh joy.