HABERMAN: Can I switch gears for a second? There’s been a story in the news the last two weeks about your son-in-law’s security clearance.TRUMP: Yeah.HABERMAN: Did you tell General Kelly or anyone else in the White House to overrule security officials? The career veterans —TRUMP: No. I don’t think I have the authority to do that. I’m not sure I do.
HABERMAN: You do have the authority to do it.TRUMP: But I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t do it.
HABERMAN: O.K.TRUMP: Um, Jared is a good —HABERMAN: You never —TRUMP: I was never involved with the security. I know that he — you know, just from reading — I know that there was issues back and forth about security for numerous people, actually. But I don’t want to get involved in that stuff.
HABERMAN: O.K. Why would you want to — why stay out? You do have the authority to —TRUMP: I don’t know. I just don’t — I just, I never thought it was necessary. I also know him. He’s a very solid person, and I just can’t imagine he would have — I guess even, Ivanka, they, they, I heard that, uh, something with Jared and Ivanka —
HABERMAN: Mhm.TRUMP: But, uh, I don’t believe I’ve ever met any of the national security — of the people that would do clearances. Um, and there’d be nothing wrong, I don’t think, with me calling them up to the Oval Office and say, “Hey give these people, you know, clearances” —HABERMAN: You just told me — [inaudible]TRUMP: Yeah, yeah, so there, I, I mean, I take back the other — I didn’t, I was answering a little bit different question. Uh, I have the right to do it, but I never thought it was necessary, Maggie. I never thought it was necessary.
HABERMAN: And you didn’t direct General Kelly or anyone like that to do it?TRUMP: No. And, and frankly, I never thought it was necessary to do so.