So far, Donald Trump’s three children have appeared to be key advisors throughout his Campaign, and now his Trump Transition Team. Last summer, he flew Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric and, assumedly, son-in-law Jared Kushner, to Indianapolis, Indiana to help him vet Mike Pence for Vice President. Then over the past weekend, Mike Pence replaced Chris Christie as Chairman of the Transition Team. It has been suggested that Christie was ousted since, when he had been U. S. Attorney, he sent Kushner’s father to prison for two years.
This week, Mike Rogers, a former Congressman and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who was expected to be named the Director of National Intelligence, was also forced-out. It has been reported that Rogers, as well as anyone else with close ties to Christie, had been ousted. I believe that the Trump Kids’ fingerprints have been all over this “palace revolt”, and I wonder how long they will act as trusted members of his Transition Team.
Traditionally, Presidents, as well as others who ascend to high public office, place their investment and business assets into a so-called “Blind Trust”, which would be managed by an independent entity, and the principal would not receive any information, on his/her trust, during their term in office. Donald Trump says that his children will manage his business—Trump Organization, LLC.
With so much of his business empire in real estate, how blind could Donald actually be to What he has, and Where it is located? Donald Trump has boasted that he has projects in numerous foreign countries, as well as domestically. But that merely raises the following questions regarding a President’s assets, and his sources of income: What does he actually own? Are his tax payments accurate? Where are his overseas projects located? Who is he doing business with? And, who owes him money, or does he owe money to?
Given the fact that Donald Trump has been so dependent upon the counsel of his children, and his son-in-law, why did Kellyanne Convey, a Trump Advisor and former Campaign Manager, announce that the Transition Team has questioned whether the Trump children may receive security clearances?
A security clearance is not a frivolous designation that is randomly granted to just anyone. Also, unless a person has a valid “Need to Know”, regarding specific information in their official capacity, clearances are not given. So, if the Trump Kids are going to be managing Trump Organization, they wouldn’t be involved in the Affairs of State.
Accordingly, clearances are not necessary, irrelevant to their assumed status as “Outsiders”, and they should firmly be denied. More importantly, however, this raises the question: Why was the question ever raised?