When questioned on Monday about reports that the Trump administration is considering revoking the security clearance of six past national security officials, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained that
Not only is the President looking to take away Brennan’s security clearance, he’s also looking into the clearances of Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice, and McCabe. The President is exploring the mechanisms to remove security clearance because they’ve politicized and, in some cases, monetized their public service and security clearances.
The president is concerned about them monetizing their public service?
So, Sarah, how does the president feel about the seven new trademarks his daughter Ivanka registered with the Chinese government in May, making it 13 new trademarks in three months, pretty much at the same time he had second thoughts about his previously stated intention to ban imports from ZTE, the Chinese telephone and telecommunications equipment company? These 13 new trademarks – seriously Ivanka coffins? – come on top of 25 more trademark applications currently under review by China’s government, 36 that government has already awarded, and eight more that have already received provisional approval.
Or, Sarah, how does the president feel about the three trademarks Ivanka’s company has gained in the Philippines since her daddy was elected president?
Or, Sarah, how does the president feel about the decision of a state-owned Chinese company to invest $500 million of that government’s money in a new theme park in Indonesia for which the Trump organization has licensing agreements?
Or, Sarah, how does the president feel about the two U.S. embassies that have promoted Mar-a-lago on their web sites?
Or, Sarah, how does the president feel about Kellyanne Conway going on national television and urging viewers to purchase his daughter’s products?
Or, Sarah, how does the president feel about the Republican National Committee and the U.S. Department of Defense renting space in Trump Tower? Or about Qatar spending $6.5 million for an apartment in Trump Tower, where its other new neighbors include the governments of India, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan?
Since it’s clear that public service has created a feeding frenzy for Donald Trump and his family to use their work in public service (if that’s what one can call what Ivanka and Jared are even doing) for personal financial gain, one has to wonder why anyone who’s not related to the president by blood or marriage doesn’t have the same right.
So by all means, Sarah, please enlighten us.