It’s more than apparent that Donald Trump and those closest to Trump are wary of the press. It’s clear they don’t want certain things revealed about them, and the reason for that may become clear to us in the coming months. However, for now, we’re left witnessing them all behave far more than sketchy.
A recent example of a close Trump associate behave weirdly is when Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner had the Secret Service approach a New York Magazine reporter so that she delete a conversation she was seen recording.
During an exchange between ABC’s Jonathan Karl’s daughter, who is a summer intern at CNN, Kushner reportedly bashed being a reporter because he thinks they always lie.
According to Buzzfeed:
“Kushner told Karl’s daughter that it must be interesting to be a reporter, because you always have to figure out who is going to lie to you, according to two people familiar with the matter.”
New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi apparently overheard the exchange and Kushner didn’t like that at all. Buzzfeed reports:
“When Kushner thought he noticed another reporter, New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi, recording the exchange, he was startled and said it was off the record. He then uncomfortably asked Nuzzi to delete the recording, which she did not do. A few minutes later, after Kushner had left, a Secret Service agent and a press assistant approached Nuzzi and told her she was not permitted to record. (She is.)”
She absolutely is allowed to record the conversation. However, Kushner didn’t want her to record it so he tried to strongarm her into following his command, and a taxpayer-funded strongarm at that. A very Trumpian move indeed.
According to Nuzzi:
“It was tense and uncomfortable, but I didn’t want to agree to delete a recording when I was within my rights to record.”
Here’s the thing, if people like Kushner and Trump and everyone else in that circle don’t want people to know what they are thinking and saying, maybe they should keep their thoughts to themselves, at least around reporters who are well within their right to do their job.
In addition, Kushner demanding conversations be deleted makes him look remarkably guilty of being the shady individual that he most likely, very much is. Hopefully, reporters continue to not allow themselves to be bullied.
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