Is Trump a Security Risk?
Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son in law and one of his top advisors, lost his top security clearance because of his complex business arrangements and debts in foreign countries. To date, the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico are cited as countries with which Kushner has had dealings and conversations, none of which were coordinated or reported through the National Security Council.
Whenever Trump’s administration is questioned about such things the president claims, It’s a “witch hunt” by politically motivated Democrats. In this case, however, it was Trump’s own National Security advisor, H.R. McMaster, who called out Kushner on his very questionable business arrangements. There were fears that Kushner’s financial entanglements with foreign nations might be used as leverage when he is trying to negotiate on such matters as trade deals with China, or when negotiating for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Conflicts of interest seem evident given Kushner’s investments and loans in those countries.
The question also must be asked, at this juncture, about whether or not Trump himself could pass a test for top security clearance, given his complex financial arrangements in such places and governments as Russia and China. We know he has huge hotel investments in those two countries.
Trump is the first president in recent years who has not put his business holdings in a blind trust while serving in the White House. As we all are aware, he, unlike other modern day presidents, has refused to release his income tax returns so that the American people might know where he is financially invested, and what leverage other governments might have with him when he deals with them about foreign affairs.
These questions I am raising will never be answered as long as we have a Republican Congress, so how can the American people themselves be sure that their president himself is not a security risk, vulnerable to manipulation by foreign governments? These are only questions. In I Corinthians 4:5 we are told to not rush to judgements, but that God will bring to light what might now be hidden. It is a good thing for us to affirm the Bible’s directive.