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« on: March 13, 2019, 07:53:36 pm »

Or any other post in the Executive Office not subject to Senate confirmation, for that matter. (Actually, is that even a requirement there as well? Could a non-citizen serve as e.g. CEA Chair?)
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 08:06:59 pm »

We've had cabinet secretaries who were born outside the U.S. as recently as the Obama Administration. The natural born citizen requirement only applies to the presidency and the vice presidency, as far as I'm aware.
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2019, 08:33:43 pm »

We've had cabinet secretaries who were born outside the U.S. as recently as the Obama Administration. The natural born citizen requirement only applies to the presidency and the vice presidency, as far as I'm aware.

Indeed - As much is clarified. The question posited in OP is “Can foreign national serve in a White House staffing role?”
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2019, 03:28:43 pm »

I'm pretty sure the President can appoint whoever he wants to staff the White House - there's no confirmation, so it's all up to him. The person might have trouble getting a security clearance, though.
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2019, 12:29:31 pm »

Getting a security clearance would be the only possible concern.
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2019, 02:15:28 am »

Getting a security clearance would be the only possible concern.

Could the President coerce such a person to have a security clearance if they chose?
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2019, 05:06:21 am »

Jim McGreevey, while Governor of New Jersey, did appoint an Israeli national as his homeland security adviser. The latter failed to a security approval from the Federal government because he wasn't a U.S. citizen. I imagine it would be a problem on the federal level as well.
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2019, 05:51:44 am »

As a general matter, non-citizens cannot receive compensation for employment with the federal government under current law. So it would likely have to be on a “volunteer” basis in addition to the security clearance issue.
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2019, 11:07:47 am »

Getting a security clearance would be the only possible concern.

Could the President coerce such a person to have a security clearance if they chose?

This president already has.
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2019, 03:44:34 pm »

Getting a security clearance would be the only possible concern.

Could the President coerce such a person to have a security clearance if they chose?

This president already has.

What non-citizen has Trump given a security clearance?
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2019, 04:20:28 pm »

It's not impossible for a non-citizen to get a security clearance. I work with a few at my job.
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2019, 10:45:09 am »

It's not impossible for a non-citizen to get a security clearance. I work with a few at my job.

It worries me to a massive extent that you have security clearance.
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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2019, 11:53:26 am »

It's not impossible for a non-citizen to get a security clearance. I work with a few at my job.

It worries me to a massive extent that you have security clearance.

Why? No criminal record, no foreign ties, no red flags that would lead to denial.
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