“Among those nations discussing ways to influence Kushner to their advantage were the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico.” [Washington Post]

Kushner Loses Clout, Hope Hicks Admits Lying for Trump

WHY WOULD a man like Jared Kushner refuse a salary? Selling access is a better deal when your father in law in POTUS.

President Trump can and likely will mitigate Kushner’s embarrassing fall from the foreign policy peanut gallery by giving him access to top secret national security information. It’s the only way he can continue his appearance of prowess on national security. Without top secret clearance he cannot make Middle East peace a reality.

Nobody inside the White House who’s close to the President seems to care one whit about America’s national security. Their only interest seems to be personal enrichment through the freak turn of events that put Donald J. Trump in the White House.

Jonathan Swan of Axios delivers the color.

Javanka and Kelly are locked in a death match. Two enter. Only one survives. — A White House official

…and we find out through Mike Rogers that, although everyone at Cyber Command is doing their jobs. President Trump does not see Russian infiltration, and their meddling in the 2016 election worthy of a strategic plan to secure our elections.

America is vulnerable, and the Trump administration is responsible.

Trump has new problems in Panama that are making international news.

It begins with Jared Kushner’s interim security clearance and his sneaking around meeting with world leaders who thought they could leverage his amateur role as vaunted ambassador to the world to take advantage of our country.

Oh, and let’s not forget the model who is Trump’s right-hand girl, Hope Hicks.

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, told House investigators on Tuesday that her work for President Trump, who has a reputation for exaggerations and outright falsehoods, had occasionally required her to tell white lies. … [New York Times]

A bunch of amateurs and professional grifters have put this country at risk.

Thanks, Trump.

UPDATE: Hope Hicks resigned late today; the “white lies” have gained traction. Don’t believe the spin, she was drowning inside the shark tank. From Olivia Nuzzi, New York Magazine

In the investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees into matters involving Russia and the election that brought Hicks to Washington last January, she is of acute interest: The special counsel interviewed her in December and she recently appeared in front of the Senate Intel Committee. Hicks’s resignation directly followed eight hours of testimony on Tuesday before the House Intel Committee, where she said she sometimes told white lies on behalf of Trump, an admission that made worldwide news. It also followed the resignation of Josh Raffel — a spokesperson for Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner — whom Hicks considers her best friend.

“It’s just very hard when you know you’re trusted by a unique principal and you don’t necessarily know that you can trust anybody,” a source close to Hicks told New York, referring to her relationship with the president.