Listen: Jared Kushner Defends Use Of Assassinations As Tool Of US Foreign Policy
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner defended the use of assassinations as a tool of U.S. foreign policy during an interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group, “despite Exec. Order 11905, signed by President Ford in 1976, banning the practice,” Sinclair reporter James Rosen tweeted on Wednesday.
- Rosen asked Kushner about President Donald Trump’s recent admission that he previously had considered assassinating Syria’s Bashar al-Assad but then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis dissuaded him at the time.
- Trump previously had claimed the option was never discussed.
- Rosen noted in his report that ordering assassinations was banned after it was revealed that the CIA under President John F. Kennedy attempted to take out Cuban dictator Fidel Castro with Operation Mongoose.
- President Gerald Ford issued an executive order in 1976 stating that “No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.”
- This law is still on the books today, Rosen said.
- Nevertheless, Kushner suggested that Trump is open to using assassinations as a foreign policy tool.
- Trump’s admission “suggests that this president regards assassination of foreign leaders as a legitimate tool of U.S. foreign policy,” Rosen told Kushner, asking, “Is that true?”
- “The leader of Syria used chemical weapons on innocent civilians,” Kushner responded. “And President Trump was presented a series of options. Ultimately, he wiped out a third of their air force.”
- “He knows it’s a full contact sport. This is not touch football,” Kushner added.
- Asked if the Trump administration rules out assassination as a foreign policy tool, Kushner replied: “Look, I think that President Trump always keeps all options on the table.”