Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman once boasted that he had Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner "in his pocket".
Well, even though it is widely accepted Prince Mohammed ordered the kidnapping, killing and dismemberment of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Kushner, Trump's adviser, continues to exchange informal news with Prince Mohammed to the dismay of national security officials.
Kushner and Prince Mohammed is described in a new report by The New York Times . In it, the Times describes the concerns of former US officials over Kushner's "political inexperience" and the fact that private unofficial exchanges between the two men ̵
This worry does not seem too far-fetched, considering that the Trump administration – and in particular Trump – is leaning backwards to cover Prince Mohammed, even though the US intelligence agencies are negotiating the agreement The Saudi Crown Prince was probably behind Khashoggi's assassination.
According to a surveyed Saudi Arabian, Kushner even advised the Crown Prince on how to handle the setback caused by Khashoggi's murder.
Per Times :
Since the uproar over Khashoggi's killing of Trump
The government has only one conversation between Mr. Kushner and Dr. Ing.
Prince Mohammed: A telephone call from October 10, at which John R. Bolton, the
national security adviser. The Americans "asked for more details and that
The Saudi government should be transparent in the investigation process, "said the White
House said in a statement.
But American officials and a Saudi informed about theirs
In talks, it was said that Mr. Kushner and Prince Mohammed continued to talk
informal. According to the Saudis, Mr. Kushner offered the Crown Prince
Advice on how to survive the storm and ask him to resolve his conflicts
in the region and avoid further embarrassment.
Equally embarrassing is, at least from a democratic perspective, that none of it is transparent. What is Kushner's angle anyway? He never really had to explain the answer to this question to the American people.
According to the report, Kushner desperately wants to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, and like Israel, sees Saudi Arabia as the key to this process.
The Saudis have also promised a terrorism exchange with the US on "intelligence and data," an "Arab NATO," defense contracts worth $ 50 billion, and hundreds of billions of dollars for other investments in the United States USA Trump has repeatedly referred to these promises to justify a weak US reaction to the killing of Khashoggi.
However, as the Times states:
Few of the Saudi promises have yielded much. The
The effectiveness of the anti-terrorist center in Riyadh remains doubtful. After this
The Saudis have only given $ 50 billion in new arms deals
Interests or intentions without firm business. After the proposal too
Investment in US infrastructure of up to $ 100 billion
Saudis has announced an investment of only $ 20 billion.
Nevertheless, Kushner continues to stand by his husband – and persuades his father-in-law to do the same – until now with little oversight.
Read the entire report.