Jared Kushner Found Trump’s China Expert On Amazon; Is This Incompetence Level Impeachable?

This is how they do business at the White House these days. Trump needed a bona fide expert to lend credence to his views on China and so he enlisted the aid of his son in law, Jared Kushner. Kushner didn’t waste any time going through the traditional governmental protocol of finding a foreign policy expert, he just went surfing on Amazon. From Vanity Fair, two days ago:
At one point during the campaign, when Trump wanted to speak more substantively about China, he gave Kushner a summary of his views and then asked him to do some research. Kushner simply went on Amazon, where he was struck by the title of one book, “Death by China,” co-authored by Peter Navarro. He cold-called Navarro, a well-known trade-deficit hawk, who agreed to join the team as an economic adviser. (When he joined, Navarro was in fact the campaign’s only economic adviser.)
Kushner operated in much the same way when it came to crafting Trump’s tax plan—calling up someone for help out of the blue. Given the initial absence of pros who could do the job properly, he also tried his hand at writing speeches. Responding to criticism from the boss (“Jared, this is terrible!”), Kushner said, according to a person familiar with the episode, “I’m not a fucking speechwriter. I am a real-estate guy.”

PoliticusUSA commented:

Kushner is a real estate guy, and he is also the person that Donald Trump keeps putting in charge of major policy assignments. Remember, that it is Jared Kushner, who according to the Trump, is supposed to bring peace to the Middle East.

A president can’t have his son in law search Amazon for top advisers and think that everything is going to turn out well. The incompetence and lack of concern displayed by this administration for their responsibility to put qualified people in important positions are arguably an impeachable high crime against this country.

More from Vanity Fair:
You’ll hear White House veterans say that working in the West Wing is like being on a submarine, sealed off from the rest of the world. “You are right on top of each other and you see each other all the time,” recalled one West Wing veteran. “The day-to-day volume of stuff that comes your way in the White House is overwhelming, especially to a new group.” What sustains you, this person went on, are the stated principles of the president and the dedication of the people working with him to pursue that vision. Ken Duberstein, a White House chief of staff to Ronald Reagan, told me, “There’s only one agenda in any White House, and it’s the president’s.”

But now, in full view of the country and the world, we are watching what happens when a president is elected on the basis of an incoherent and crowd-sourced agenda, one that pandered to white nationalists and stoked economic anxiety. When that same president is someone who has never managed a large bureaucracy and brings almost no close associates who have. And when some of the aides he haphazardly acquired a few months before taking office care more about their own ambitions than his own—whatever they are.

This is just another rock on the pile, still one more example of the Keystone Kops approach to governance as manifested by the Trump administration. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were supposed to be on board to throw ice water on Trump’s pyrotechnic excesses. That’s a lovely sentiment and the only problem with it is that is that Jared and Ivanka have no idea what they’re doing. Jared is a disaster just waiting to happen when it comes to foreign policy. Even talk show host Jimmy Kimmel nailed Kushner, with a one liner, “Dennis Rodman knows more about foreign policy than Jared Kushner.”  Ex-NBA star Rodman made several trips to North Korea, calling dictator Kim Jong Un “a friend for life” and “just a normal guy.” Trump needs some “normal guy” real world advisers in his administration, not his relatives.

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