Kushner Just Got Implicated In The Saudi Scandal Surrounding Journalist’s Death
A new report by The New York Times has revealed that Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner provided advice to Saudi crown prince Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Kushner offered the de facto Saudi ruler advice “about how to weather the storm” following the death of Khashoggi, the Times reported on Saturday, citing two former senior American officials and two people briefed by the Saudis.
Although White House protocol stipulated that National Security Council staff be present on all phone calls with foreign leaders, Kushner and bin Salman continued to chat informally after Khashoggi’s death, in private, the sources revealed to The New York Times.
Saudi sources with knowledge of the conversation told the newspaper that Kushner operated behind the scenes to mitigate the fallout from Khashoggi’s death and left public explanations to others, intentionally remaining in the background.
The sources said that Kushner was quietly leveraging his close relationship with bin Salman throughout the fallout when asked and retreating to the sidelines when necessary.
The White House did not immediately respond to Political Dig’s request for comment on the story, or to comment on Kushner’s one-on-one communications with bin Salman since the killing of Mr. Khashoggi.