Kushner’s company tried to get money from the government of Qatar. Qatar said no. And then Jared Kushner, from the White House, punished them by leading a diplomatic assault which ended in a blockade of Qatar.
On Friday, the Intercept had a very disturbing piece about Jared Kushner and his corruption. Kushner is apparently using his position in the White House to pressure foreign countries to give his company cash. According to the Intercept,
“The real estate firm tied to the family of presidential son-in-law and top White House adviser Jared Kushner made a direct pitch to Qatar’s minister of finance in April 2017 in an attempt to secure investment in a critically distressed asset in the company’s portfolio, according to two sources. At the previously unreported meeting, Jared Kushner’s father Charles, who runs Kushner Companies, and Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi discussed financing for the Kushners’ signature 666 Fifth Avenue property in New York City.”
And this 30-minute meeting was followed up with another meeting the following day at a Kushner property. But in the end, Qatar was not willing to invest in Kushner.
“The failure to broker the deal would be followed only a month later by a Middle Eastern diplomatic row in which Jared Kushner provided critical support to Qatar’s neighbors. Led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a group of Middle Eastern countries, with Kushner’s backing, led a diplomatic assault that culminated in a blockade of Qatar. Kushner, according to reports at the time, subsequently undermined efforts by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to bring an end to the standoff.”
Then, on Friday afternoon, NBC News reported that in late January and early February this year, Qatari government officials visiting the U.S. “considered turning over to Mueller what they believe is evidence of efforts by their country’s Persian Gulf neighbors in coordination with Kushner to hurt their country.”
In May, Kushner and Trump made a visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. At that time, Kushner and Trump took credit for Saudi Arabia and their allies’ efforts against Qatar. This move effectively changed geopolitical alliances in the region. Qatar has the biggest U.S. military base in the Middle East. And now we have pushed them closer to Iran and Turkey.
The April meeting with Qatar wasn’t the first time that Kushner’s company tried to get money from them. Last summer, Kushner’s father worked a deal with Qatar’s former prime minister that was worth $500 million. But, when Kushner was unable to secure other outside capital, the deal fell through.
“The news of Kushner Companies’ direct pitch to the Qatari government puts a Wednesday report from the Washington Post into broader context. U.S. intelligence services, the paper reported, had determined that officials in four countries — the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel, and Mexico — had been privately discussing how to use Jared Kushner’s real-estate investments as a way to gain leverage over him in order to influence official U.S. policy.”
“The New York Times reported last month that just prior to Jared Kushner’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia in May 2017, his family real estate company “received a roughly $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim,” described as one of Israel’s largest financial institutions.”