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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Seem to Think They're Actually Vice Presidents

A New York Times correspondent explained the situation to MSNBC.

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Panelists on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” Monday pointed out that although the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner operate as high-ranking White House spokespeople, both still lack the security clearance to match their roles.

The New York Times‘ Nick Confessore mused that the first daughter and her husband “are essentially playing the role of a vice president in a different administration.”

“They are the stand-ins for the president,” the reporter noted. “They speak for him. She especially goes abroad and speaks for him at diplomatic functions.”

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The issues rise not from Ivanka’s lack of security clearance, he continued, but from her propensity to shift blame when called out, using her relationship to the president as a defense.

“You can’t pick which role you choose to inhabit at any given second,” Confessore said. “If you want to be a senior White House adviser that’s going to be your job. You can’t get a question about that role and then be like ‘look, I’m just a daughter.'”

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Noor Al-Sibai is a writer and editor for Raw Story, whose work has appeared in Bustle, Everyday Feminism, and Rewire.