CNN Contributor: Kushner an 'Embarrassment' and Unqualified to Deal With the Saudis

'He's completely unqualified. This is gross nepotism and it's just an embarrassment that he has any power at all'

White House Adviser Jared Kushner waves as he arrives at the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, August 29, 2018.
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CNN contributor Jeffrey Toobin slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner on Wednesday, saying that it's "an embarrassment that he has any power at all." Kushner has become a focal point of criticism this week as his close relationship to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman becomes a political liability.

"Is there anything that qualifies Jared Kushner to be dealing with any of these issues?" Toobin asked. "He's an unsuccessful real estate developer who inherited millions of dollars and married the president's daughter. He's completely unqualified. This is gross nepotism and it's just an embarrassment that he has any power at all."

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Kushner is a special adviser to Trump and his portfolio has included Middle East peace negotiations with Israel and Palestinians.

CNN reported Wednesday that administration officials expressed concerns about his communications with MBS on private channels, including through the text messaging service WhatsApp.

Secret Service agent blocks reporter from questioning Jared KushnerCNN

A video came out Wednesday as well showing a Secret Service agent blocking a CBS News correspondent from asking Jared Kushner a question when he was walking out of an airplane, saying there was a “time and a place” for such interactions.

A network spokeswoman said Wednesday that reporter Errol Barnett happened to be on the same Washington to New York flight as the presidential son-in-law. CBS said he showed a press credential and attempted to ask a question about Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

A short video posted online showed what appeared to be an agent saying, “I don’t give a damn who you are.”

The Secret Service said it was reviewing the incident and that appropriate action would be taken depending on what its investigation shows.