UPDATED 7:44 AM PT — Tuesday, June 4, 2019
After months of hearing people talk about him in the mainstream media, Jared Kushner defended his honor in an interview with Axios on HBO. The line of questioning aired Sunday night amid Kushner’s recent public profile regarding the Middle East peace deal, and being a point person for negotiations with Mexico on trade and immigration.
During the interview, Kushner was asked about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with him, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and several Russian nationals. He had this to say:
“Let me put you in my shoes at that time, OK? I’m running three companies, I’m helping run the campaign. I get email that says show up at four instead of three to a meeting that I’ve been told about earlier that didn’t know what the hell it was about. OK? I show up at the meeting, I stay for 15 minutes…it’s a clown show…I text my assistant to say you know can you give me a call and get me the hell out of here, this is a waste of time. I leave. I never would’ve thought about that meeting again. OK? Had there been something that actually was nefarious at the meeting that came up maybe we would’ve done something different, but the reality is is that the meeting was a total waste of time.”
The president’s son-in-law also said he did not play a role in the security clearance process after reports claimed President Trump overruled White House security officials and granted Kushner a top secret clearance. He then said the president was doing a lot to advance American interests, and no amount of criticism will change the good he has done for the country.
“I think he’s here today and I think he’s doing a lot of great things for the country, and that’s what I’m proud of,” Kushner stated.