But CNN and the Times
' reporting show that the president did give the couple special treatment. Ivanka and Jared joined the administration
in early 2017 and were first given interim security clearances. After former White House aide Rob Porter was accused
of domestic violence in February 2018, Kelly changed the security clearance system. Kushner, who had faced questions from intelligence officials over his family's ties to foreign governments in their real estate business and about how he had failed to disclose
past contacts with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, saw his temporary clearance downgraded. The couple had long feuded
with the embattled chief of staff, and took Kelly's decision as retaliatory, according to CNN.