A Secret Service agent blocked the phone of a CBS reporter who was attempting to ask White House senior adviser Jared Kushner a question on Tuesday and told the journalist he didn’t “give a damn” who he was.
CBS correspondent Errol Barnett wrote Tuesday that both Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, were on board his commercial flight from Washington, D.C., to New York City. Barnett said he planned to ask the couple some questions, but his recorded attempt later was thwarted by an irked Secret Service agent who told him there was a “time and a place” for such queries.
When Barnett tried to identify himself as a reporter, showing his credentials, the agent replied, “I don’t give a damn who you are.”
It’s unclear what Barnett was attempting to ask Kushner, but CNN reported the journalist may have been trying to ask about the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Kushner has allied himself with Saudi leadership and is close with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudis are suspected of having the U.S. resident killed on Oct. 2 at a consulate in Turkey.
The Secret Service said late Tuesday it was reviewing the incident and would take “appropriate action” if necessary.
“The circumstances surrounding the incident are under review,” the Secret Service said in a statement to CBS News coordinating producer Arden Farhi. “Pending receipt of additional facts, details and full circumstances surrounding the incident, appropriate action will be taken if necessary.”
Kushner’s camp isn’t the first to be involved in a kerfuffle in recent days. Last weekend, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) appeared to grab a cellphone from a university student who was asking the lawmaker about voter suppression in the state. His team later characterized it as a misunderstanding.