While in the Air Force during the Korean War, I held a top-secret security clearance. One of the questions on the application had to do with contacts with foreign nationals. My wife was at the time a citizen of the U.K., but her parents were estranged from her father’s side of the family. Being a smart-aleck 20-year-old at the time, I entered her parents’ names and “… 20 assorted aunts and uncles, names and addresses unknown.” The clearance was approved.
My question for the Trump administration: Is Jared Kushner not as smart as a smart-aleck 20-year-old, or simply not as honest? In either case, I question whether he should continue to hold his security clearance and have the access to the national security information that he has. I also question our president’s judgment in permitting him access to such information. WILLIAM A. MOELLER