White House reporters find out that Jared Kushner is heading to Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the upcoming week.
In Saudi Arabia, Kushner will meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In Qatar, he’ll meet with the emir (president), Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Experts on the subject believe Kushner is attending these in-person meetings to avoid electronic records of the conversations. He has a long history with both countries.
Most of Kushner’s foreign relations have not been documented on Trump File yet, so we’re summarizing here instead of linking to each event’s file.
In April 2017, Charles Kushner met with Qatar’s finance minister, Ali Sharif Al Emadi, to discuss financing. His son Jared and the White House lobbied Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to continue a blockade on Qatar in May 2017 when the country refused to pay off Kushner’s family debt. By May 2018, a deal had been reached, and a Canadian firm funded by the Qatari government took over a mortgage that Kushner owed $1.4 billion on. Trump’s rhetoric opposing Qatar changed to supporting Qatar despite the blockade continuing.
In 2017, Mohammed bin Salman stated that Jared Kushner is paid for by Saudi Arabia. He’s right. Kushner’s company received millions from the country in the first two and a half years of the Trump Administration. We’re sure the financial relationship between MBS and Kushner goes deeper, though.
Timeline of Kushner & Qatar: https://www.justsecurity.org/69094/timeline-on-jared-kushner-qatar-666-fifth-avenue-and-white-house-policy/
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