Trump says Kushner security clearance up to chief of staff Kelly

Kelly issued new security clearance rules earlier this month.

After Trump was asked whether he would grant a waiver to Kushner, he said the decision would be Kelly's.

“That will be up to General Kelly. General Kelly respects Jared a lot. I will let the general, who’s right here, make that call," he said during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, pointing to Kelly standing nearby.

"I will let general Kelly make that decision, " Trump said again. "And he's going to do what's right for the country. And I have no doubt he will make the right decision."

Trump, speaking alongside Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, said: "We inherited a system that's broken."

Despite his leaving Kushner’s status in Kelly’s hands, Trump did offer effusive praise of his son-in-law.

“Jared’s done an outstanding job. I think he’s been treated very unfairly,” he said. “Jared is truly outstanding. He was very successful when he worked in the private sector, he’s working on peace in the Middle East and several other small and very easy deals.”