Tillerson, Kelly internally complain about Kushner encroachments: report

Tillerson, Kelly internally complain about Kushner encroachments: report
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonUS steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer 'Daily Show' trolls Trump over Pruitt's resignation MORE and White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE have voiced frustration about Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerGeorge Will charges that Trump colluded with Putin DNC claims Secret Service blocked attempt to deliver lawsuit against Kushner On The Money: US files complaints at WTO | House leaders get deal to boost biz investment | Mnuchin says US will consider Iran sanctions waivers | FCC deals blow to Sinclair-Tribune merger MORE's encroachment on Tillerson's position, according to a report from Politico.

Tillerson is reportedly frustrated with Kushner's involvement in foreign affairs, which are usually handled by the nation's diplomatic corps. Kushner, however, has been responsible for Israeli-Palestinian relations, as well as U.S. relations with Mexico and China.


Tillerson has also reportedly expressed frustration about U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: Haley would be 'very strong' presidential candidate Watchdog: First lady spokeswoman may have violated Hatch Act with ‘MAGA’ tweet MORE and national security adviser H.R. McMaster over what he reportedly sees as an encroachment on his position.

“We can’t have four secretaries of state,” Tillerson said. 

Politico also reports that Kelly has repeated Tillerson's complaints, which reportedly have not been taken well by Kushner. 

"We need a secretary of state who is supportive of the president," Kushner told Kelly, according to Politico.

The Hill has reached out to the White House and the State Department for comment.

Kelly is in the process of grappling with the issue of Kushner's security clearance in the White House.

The White House has implemented new procedures on security clearances to ensure swift and comprehensive background reviews for staff with access to sensitive information in the wake of the scandal surrounding domestic abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter. 

Porter was able to review classified information on a partial security clearance for months despite the fact that the FBI informed the White House that his two ex-wives had accused him of abuse.

The incident drew attention to Kushner's security clearance.

Kushner is reportedly one of only a few people in the White House with access to the president's daily intelligence briefings.

Trump said on Friday that Kelly would have the final say on Kushner's security clearance. 

“I will let Gen. Kelly make that decision,” Trump said at a news conference. “And he's going to do what's right for the country. And I have no doubt he will make the right decision.”