Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hillary Clinton troll Jared Kushner over private messaging: "But his WhatsApp"

Trump, during the 2016 presidential campaign, had made a huge deal out of Clinton's use of a private email server for official business when she was secretary of state


                            Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hillary Clinton troll Jared Kushner over private messaging: "But his WhatsApp"

Shortly after news broke that President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner were using private email to conduct official business, with the latter also using unofficial WhatsApp messaging app to communicate with "foreign leaders", multiple Democrats took to Twitter to point out the administration's hypocrisy.

Trump, during the 2016 presidential campaign, had made a huge deal out of Clinton's use of a private email server for official business when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration. Trump's consistent and pointed remarks about the issue turned it into a viral sarcastic meme — "But her emails!"

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listen during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Getty Images)
Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listen during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Getty Images)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton united on Twitter on Thursday to point out the obvious double standards of the Trump administration, with the Democrat socialist tweeting: "But his WhatsApp."

The former secretary of state responded to AOC's tweet by quipping: "Tell me about it."



 

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) also pointed out the "irony" of the situation on CNN to host Anderson Cooper. "The irony of this is that the president ran his whole presidential campaign accusing Hillary Clinton of having a private server and having communications, and here you have something that’s much worse. You have communications with foreign leaders on platforms that aren’t official US platforms, that put sensitive information at risk.” 

The CNN clip was retweeted by Ocasio-Cortez.



 

The news broke after the House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)  reportedly demanded that the private communication records of Ivanka and other White House officials, including Kushner's encrypted WhatsApp messages, be handed over to them.

Reports state that Kushner shared private messages on WhatsApp with "foreign leaders."

Cummings called for the records in a letter written on Thursday to the counsel to the president Pat Cipollone. The House Oversight Committee Chairman also accused the White House of "obstructing" the committee's investigation and of violating federal laws by refusing to provide the records.

Senior adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump (L), and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner (R) attend a summit at the East Room of the White House May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House hosted a summit to discuss prison reform. (Getty Images)
Senior adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump (L), and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner (R) attend a summit at the East Room of the White House May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House hosted a summit to discuss prison reform. (Getty Images)

Cummings' remarks came after it was revealed last month that President Trump had intervened on his son-in-law's behalf to demand top-secret security clearance for Kushner against the recommendations of the FBI.  

The House Oversight Committee Chairman also noted in the letter that Kushner's attorney Abby Lowell, had told him last year that his client had been "using the messaging application WhatsApp as part of his official White House communication with foreign leaders.”

Lowell “could not answer whether Mr. Kushner’s communications included classified information — which would be a major security breach," the Congressman said, according to HuffPost