Security clearance downgrade did not affect Kushner's Mideast role - White House

NBC cited unidentified people familiar with Mueller's investigation, as well as witnesses who have been interviewed by Mueller's team.

Mr. Kelly targeted the communication breakdown in a memo outlining an overhaul of the security clearance process in the wake of the Porter debacle. The background check on Kushner for his security clearance has gone on more than 15 months as officials examine issues in his application, sources have previously told ABC News.

It's an infuriating predicament, even for a President who fosters and thrives on a culture of chaos. The President's allies fear the rush of departures by valued aides will only continue in the weeks ahead.

Despite the president previously appearing to be far less comfortable with such comedic shows than his predecessor Barack Obama, who gave several amusing speeches to the White House Correspondents Dinner, which Trump previous year avoided, he seemed to enjoy his new role as comedian in chief.

Christie said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that the tough political conversations Trump has to have with his administration members are made more hard by the fact that family is involved.

At the closed-door event, where filming was prohibited, Trump also discussed more somber issues like North Korea, saying he was open to direct talks with its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, said in a statement, "Make no mistake: If the President goes through with this, it will kill American jobs - that's what every trade war ultimately does".

Cohn doesn't appear to be leaving the administration imminently since there's still a chance the tariffs could ultimately fail to materialize.

"I offered him a ride over and he recused himself", said Trump.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that Trump supports a limited proposal from Sen.

"Gary was here yesterday afternoon".

Villegas said that she noticed and heard students admit that they feel safe at Skyline College yet she questions whether the school has enough public safety officers. Now, the question everybody keeps asking: Who's going to be the next to leave, (senior aide) Steve Miller or (First Lady) Melania? Now he is publicly ridiculed and mocked - by President Trump. Schiller departed for the private sector in September.

And according to political consultant Rick Wilson, President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner will be next.

So how did Trump come to such a monumental decision?

Republican lawmakers, and some outside groups, want Trump to at least consider a more targeted approach, or exemptions for countries that engage in what they view as fair trade practices.

"By listening to President Trump's words I do feel he is committed to finding a way forward and he is committed to putting a plan together", she said. "We are going to help the Dreamers", he said. There has been little progress on Mideast peace and relations with Mexico, another top Kushner priority, remain contentious over Trump's proposed border wall.

Trump began his day Wednesday by tweeting that a decision Sessions recently made was "DISGRACEFUL!"

Trump also called the near-constant infighting inside his White House "exciting and invigorating" then added: "I like turnover".

Never before have we had a president openly at war with his own attorney general.

"It's up to President Trump", Manchin said.

Kushner, long the second-most powerful man in the West Wing, is under siege.

"The FBI official who delivers these files should verbally brief the White House Counsel on any information in those files they deem to be significantly derogatory". A Republican, Works offered an emotional message to Heller and elected officials in both parties who are reluctant to take on gun violence. "It was confusing, it was my understanding". He called Fox News the "fourth branch of government".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, warned that Trump would need to follow through this time or risk hurting his reputation.

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