Keeping Kushner would make Trump’s Russia nightmare permanent

are family ties keeping Kushner employed at the White House? Or is it Trump’s mounting sense of persecution and his reluctance to let an aggressive media push him around?

  1. First, Barack Obama was still president at the time; while it is normal for an incoming administration to have informal meet-and-greets with foreign officials, Kushner’s proposal was so inappropriate that Kislyak was said to be stunned.
  2. Second, the idea of using only Russian communications equipment for the proposed dialogue suggests the Trump administration had something to hide from U.S. intelligence agencies.
  3. Third, there is the obvious question of what Kushner wanted to talk about that couldn’t be discussed through existing channels.

The White House should thus be settling in for a long siege. The good news, from Trump’s point of view, is that his senior aides are discussing how to set up a “war room” to handle communications about the scandal

.. Kushner’s sister, Nicole Meyer, was caught on video trying to lure Beijing investors into participating in a Kushner Companies condominium project in New Jersey by holding out the prospect of immigration visas that could lead to permanent residence in the United States.

.. no communications strategy, however brilliant, has a chance of succeeding so long as Trump has access to his Twitter account.

Trump thinks he’s under attack. That’s very dangerous.

President Trump believes he is being persecuted, and that is a frighteningly dangerous mind-set for a man with such vast power.

.. portraying himself as a victim

.. “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,”

.. “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” he tweeted.