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JARED KUSHNER/JOHN KELLY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The former White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, on Wednesday [3-6-19] declined to answer questions about the existence of a memo he wrote saying that President Trump had ordered officials to give his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a security clearance in May 2018. Mr. Kelly also broke with Mr. Trump on key aspects of his approach to immigration and the NATO alliance, and said that his top concern about decisions made by the president was whether they were objectively right for the country when divorced from political concerns. Mr. Kelly, who kept his voice level during a 90-minute question-and-answer session at Duke University, would not specifically address Mr. Kushner’s clearance being ordered by Mr. Trump, which The New York Times reported last week.”

Maggie Haberman, “John Kelly, Out of White House, Breaks With Trump Policies,” The New York Times online, March 7, 2019

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