March 5, 2018 / 9:15 PM / 9 months ago

Security clearance downgrade did not affect Kushner's Mideast role: White House

FILE PHOTO - Jared Kushner delivers remarks on the Trump administration's approach to the Middle East region at the Saban Forum in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said the downgrade in the security clearance of Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s aide and son-in-law, did not affect Kushner’s role in Monday’s meeting between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“None at all that I am aware of,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said when asked at a news briefing what effect the security clearance downgrade had on Kushner’s position in the meeting. “His role wasn’t impacted today,” she added.

Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech

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