60 thoughts on “Career advice from Jared Kushner

  1. Do Wah Diddy says:

    …also doesn’t hurt to have rich ‘friends’ in high places, Russia for instance https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/04/business/vnesheconombank-veb-bank-russia-trump-kushner.html In 2015, Kushner bought a 50.1 percent share in the Time Square Building in Manhattan from Africa Israel Investments, Ltd. (AFI), an investment and holding company owned by Israeli-Uzbek diamond magnate Lev Leviev. AFI has been involved in the building of illegal settlements on the West Bank and the acquisition of diamonds from Africa’s bloodiest of conflict zones. AFI and its subsidiary, Danya Cebus, have been subjected to disinvestments by a number of governments and companies over its West Bank activities. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/us/politics/jared-kushner-beny-steinmetz.html

  2. Cumpà says:
  3. 3cardMonte says:

    A government watchdog group on Thursday filed a complaint with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) over White House adviser Jared Kushner’s ownership interest in a real estate investment company. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/340813-ethics-watchdog-files-complaint-against-kushner
    The director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, who has been the federal government’s most persistent critic of the Trump administration’s approach to ethics, announced Thursday that he is resigning nearly six months before his term is scheduled to end. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-ethics-chief-who-clashed-with-white-house-announces-he-will-step-down/2017/07/06/4732c308-624c-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html
    See also “Here’s How Trump Transferred Wealth to His Son While Avoiding the Usual Taxes” https://www.propublica.org/article/heres-how-trump-transferred-wealth-to-his-son-while-avoiding-usual-taxes

  4. полезные дураки says:

    “Two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year, his eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin, according to confidential government records described to The New York Times. The previously unreported meeting was also attended by Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, as well as the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner” [supposedly for the purpose of discussing the adoption of Russian children] “…The Russian lawyer invited to the Trump Tower meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, is best known for mounting a multipronged attack against the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Magnitsky ]. The law so enraged Mr. Putin that he retaliated by halting American adoptions of Russian children. “Reportedly Ms. Veselnitskaya, in her anti-Magnitsky campaign, employs a private investigator whose firm, Fusion GPS, produced an intelligence dossier that contained unproven allegations against the president” [including accounts of frolics with prostitutes, real estate deals that were intended as bribes and coordination with Russian intelligence of the hacking of Democrats]. (NYT 7/8/17) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/us/politics/trump-russia-kushner-manafort.html See also https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2017-04-04%20CEG%20to%20DHS%20(Akhmetshin%20Information)%20with%20attachment.pdf

  5. Fuggedaboutit says:

    “Kushner’s Felon Father Back at Helm of New York Empire With Two Fellow Inmates.” (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-27/jared-kushner-s-felon-father-brought-two-fellow-inmates-into-company
    “Jersey City has turned sharply against Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner” (LA Times) http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-kushner-jersey-city-2017-story.html
    “Trial over ‘backroom deals’ awaits Kushner this week in N.J.” (NJ.com) http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2017/07/trial_over_backroom_deals_await_kushner_this_week.html

  6. Daily double says:

    “All Roads Now Lead to Kushner” (Nicholas Kristof, NYT 7/13/17) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/opinion/kushner-donald-trump-jr-emails.html
    “MSNBC host Chris Hayes provides evidence that foul play is afoot in Donald Trump Jr email chain” (Australia) http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/msnbc-host-chris-hayes-provides-evidence-that-foul-play-is-afoot-in-donald-trump-jr-email-chain/news-story/2173368facac0e3f2475c9601a844a68
    Meanwhile: “Justice Department Defies Court Deadline To Release Sessions’ Contacts With Russians” (NPR) http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/13/536982193/justice-department-defies-court-deadline-to-release-sessions-contacts-with-russi

  7. Mo' Money says:

    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner “inadvertently omitted” more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday. The previously unreported assets were included in updated disclosure reports certified by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Thursday as part of the “ordinary review process,” according to Kushner’s filing. Ivanka Trump, also filed new federal disclosures. She reported assets of at least $66 million and earned at least $13.5 million in income last year from her various business ventures. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/kushner-adds-at-least-10m-in-assets-to-revised-disclosure/2017/07/21/972ddf56-6e71-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html

  8. Paulie says:

    “Jared Kushner just threw Donald Trump Jr. under the bus. Bigly.” (Washington Post 7/24/17) https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/07/24/jared-kushner-just-threw-donald-trump-jr-under-the-bus-bigly/
    Meanwhile: “New Yorkers aren’t afraid with psycho squirrel on the loose” (NY Post 7/22/17) “There is no cause for alarm — only caution, officials stress. There have been no known cases of squirrels passing rabies to humans in the US, they say.”

  9. Defense for Dummies says:

    “In leaked intern talk, Kushner says Trump campaign too unorganized for Russian collusion” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/08/01/jared-kushner-trump-campaign-too-unorganized-collude-russian/530672001/ “In a leaked, off-the-record conversation with congressional interns, White House adviser and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner said the Trump campaign was too unorganized to collude with Russia, according to media reports. According to Foreign Policy Kushner told congressional interns “They thought we colluded, but we couldn’t even collude with our local offices,” during a private talk at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington on Monday afternoon. http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/31/kusher-to-interns-trump-team-too-disorganized-to-collude-with-russia/
    “Ignorantia juris non excusat” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignorantia_juris_non_excusat

  10. Badge 714 says:

    ▶︎ “New evidence emerges on how Russia attacked the U.S. election” http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/new-evidence-emerges-how-russia-attacked-the-us-election (Jared Kushner may have helped Russian operatives with targeted political ads on Facebook)
    ▶︎ “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections” – Office of the Director of National Intelligence https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf
    ▶︎ “Russian firm tied to pro-Kremlin propaganda advertised on Facebook during election” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/facebook-says-it-sold-political-ads-to-russian-company-during-2016-election/2017/09/06/32f01fd2-931e-11e7-89fa-bb822a46da5b_story.html
    ▶︎ “Facebook Reportedly Turns Over Election Ad Data To Special Counsel Mueller” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/facebook-ad-data-mueller_us_59b0b71fe4b0dfaafcf55562

  11. Oopsie says:

    President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has used a private email account to communicate with other officials in the administration about White House business, according to Politico. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/24/jared-kushner-private-email-white-house-243071 “The decision to set up new, private accounts as Kushner was preparing to enter the White House came in the wake of a bitter election campaign in which Trump routinely excoriated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for using a personal email account to handle government business when she was secretary of state.
    Private email traffic among White House aides — some of it sent between personal email accounts rather than to or from government addresses — could skirt the requirements of the Presidential Records Act, which requires all documents related to the president’s personal and political activities to be archived. Trump himself is not known to use email but occasionally has email messages to his assistant printed and presented to him.
    Other White House officials have also sometimes used personal accounts to correspond with Kushner and with each other, according to emails seen by POLITICO and people familiar with Kushner’s correspondence. They have also used encrypted apps like Signal and Confide that automatically delete messages, prompting former press secretary Sean Spicer in February to issue a warning to communications staffers that using such apps could violate the Presidential Records Act.”

  12. Genesis 4:9 says:

    “Josh Kushner Politely Rebukes His Brother’s Boss for Nuking His Business : The Oscar {health-insurance company’s} co-founder’s op-ed about Obamacare could make for an uncomfortable Thanksgiving in the Kushner household.” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/josh-kushner-oscar-obamacare-op-ed “…Until now, Josh has stayed quiet when it comes to the contrast, giving only a few flavorless quotes to Forbes such as, “It is no secret that liberal values have guided my life and that I have supported political leaders that share similar values.” But on Friday, he and his Oscar co-founder, C.E.O. Mario Schlosser, published a clear, if characteristically equivocal, rebuke of Trump’s A.C.A. repeal push, in an op-ed for Axios.” https://www.axios.com/individual-market-will-thrive-oscar-2501833939.html

  13. Stay tuned says:

    “The shrinking profile of Jared Kushner” (Washington Post 11/25/17) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-shrinking-profile-of-jared-kushner/2017/11/25/5baf7068-c103-11e7-af84-d3e2ee4b2af1_story.html
    “Kushner dismisses possible White House departure: ‘We’re here to stay’” (The Hill 11/25/17) http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361800-kushner-dismisses-possible-white-house-departure-were-here-to-stay “Kushner’s publicized comments come as The New York Times reported Saturday that White House chief of staff John Kelly discussed the possibility of Trump’s eldest daughter and son-in-law departing the White House by the end of 2017, which Kelly disputed. “There was honestly never a time when I contemplated getting rid of Jared and Ivanka,” Kelly told the Times.

  14. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    “Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year.” http://www.newsweek.com/jared-kushner-disclosure-form-west-bank-settlements-israel-white-house-729290 “The latest development follows reports on Friday indicating the White House senior adviser attempted to sway a United Nations Security Council vote against an anti-settlement resolution passed just before Donald Trump took office, which condemned the structure of West Bank settlements. The failure to disclose his role in the foundation—at a time when he was being tasked with serving as the president’s Middle East peace envoy—follows a pattern of egregious omissions that would bar any other official from continuing to serve in the West Wing, experts and officials told Newsweek.”

    • WTF says:

      “While Jared Kushner is working on a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Kushner Companies Charitable Foundation is funding a controversial West Bank settlement.” (ProPublica 12/6/17) https://www.propublica.org/article/jared-kushner-kushner-companies-donating-west-bank-settlement Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which eat away at any future Palestinian state, are one of the main obstacles to a two-state solution. Bet El, which was built on private Palestinian land seized by the Israeli military in the 1970s, is considered one of the most politically radical settlements. The former president of the Bet El group, David Friedman, is now the Trump administration’s ambassador to Israel.

  15. Gweilo Joe says:

    Report: SEC Probing Kushner Company Role In Visas-For-Money Program : Chinese who invest in Kushner company real estate deals can get green cards. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kushner-investigation-invisas-formoney_us_5a51ad55e4b01e1a4b15a93e “…The EB-5 visa program provides green cards to immigrants who invest a minimum of $500,000 in certain American businesses. The Associated Press reported last year that wealthy Chinese spent $7.7 billion obtaining 40,000 of the “golden visas” in the U.S. in the last decade. The SEC in May subpoenaed records from Kushner Cos. concerning its links to the program, according to the Journal. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, meanwhile, began to examine company projects funded through the program. The probes involve twin, 66-story office and housing towers in New Jersey, sources told the Wall Street Journal.”

    • Thumbikin says:

      “Jared Kushner’s company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals : Family’s real estate company received a subpoena from the SEC, and separately questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/08/jared-kushners-company-under-renewed-scrutiny-over-chinese-and-israeli-deals “…According to the New York Times Kushner’s company received an investment nearing $30m from Menora Mivtachim, one of Israel’s largest insurers, in the spring of 2017, shortly before the president and his son-in-law visited the country. According to the report, the funds were directed into a Maryland development. Kushner, who has been charged with brokering peace between Israel and Palestine, has taken out at least four loans from Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank and currently under a US Department of Justice criminal investigation.
      A White House spokesperson denied that government ethics laws had been broken in the Menora Mivtachim deal. “We have tremendous confidence in the job Jared is doing leading our peace efforts and he takes the ethics rules very seriously and would never compromise himself or the administration.”

  16. 叔叔 says:

    Jared Kushner reportedly was warned that his close friend Wendi Deng Murdoch may be a Chinese spy http://www.businessinsider.com/kushner-warned-that-his-friend-wendi-deng-murdoch-may-be-a-chinese-spy-2018-1 Wendi Deng Murdoch, a Chinese-American who kept her surname after being married to the media mogul Rupert Murdoch for 14 years, is a prominent businesswoman. According to The Wall Street Journal, Kushner was warned early last year that Murdoch could be using her friendship with him and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to “further the interests of the Chinese government.”

  17. No soap says:

    “As Jared Kushner’s security clearance is delayed, White House hesitates to act on others with possible problems” (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/as-jared-kushners-security-clearance-is-delayed-white-house-hesitates-to-act-on-others-with-possible-problems/2018/02/09/256fa1e6-0dbe-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html?utm_term=.8be26819e0b8 “Two U.S. officials said they do not expect Kushner to receive a permanent security clearance in the near future.
    …The president’s son-in-law and close adviser has been allowed to see materials, including the President’s Daily Brief, that are among the most sensitive in government. He has been afforded that privilege even though he has only an interim clearance and is a focus in the ongoing special counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the election.”

  18. Stay tuned says:

    “Kushner’s overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage” (WAPO 2/27/18 at 5:05 PM) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kushners-overseas-contacts-raise-concerns-as-foreign-officials-seek-leverage/2018/02/27/16bbc052-18c3-11e8-942d-16a950029788_story.html?utm_term=.5fe135b7095f (Newsweek 2/27/18 at 5:31 PM): The Trump campaign removed Jared Kuchner’s official title “assistant to the president” from the press release announcing Brad Parscale as the campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 bid after the Associated Press raised questions on its legality. The Hatch Act prohibits government workers from using their titles in political efforts. http://www.newsweek.com/trump-campaign-jared-kushner-brad-parscale-822984 Meanwhile, Brad Parscale, the political strategist and online guru who was named President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/27/trump-names-brad-parscale-as-campaign-manager-for-2020-re-election-bid.html has a close financial relationship with a penny-stock firm with a questionable history that includes longstanding ties to a convicted fraudster, according to an Associated Press investigation. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/business/article202482309.html Mr. Parscale is also intimately tied to a company called Cambridge Analytica, a shady data analytics firm that has become a major focus of both the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. https://www.vox.com/2018/2/27/17058208/brad-parscale-trump-campaign-russia-cambridge-analytica Jared Kushner, who was overseeing Trump’s digital operations hired Parscale, who had worked previously for Trump. https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2016/11/22/exclusive-interview-how-jared-kushner-won-trump-the-white-house/#ed6fdbf3af68 (see also https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/09/jared-kushner-data-operation-russia-facebook regards assisting the Russians). The decision to hire Parscale was reinforced by Trump’s campaign manager, Steve Bannon, who is also a former vice president of Cambridge Analytica. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/16/15657512/mueller-fbi-cambridge-analytica-trump-russia According to the Associated Press Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to disclose “a brief advisory role with a firm related to a controversial data analysis company that aided the Trump campaign”. The company was Cambridge Analytica but the precise amount of money Cambridge paid to Flynn is unknown, as are the details of Flynn’s role. http://abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-flynn-details-tie-data-firm-transition-pay-49020848 Cambridge Analytica got its start with the help of $5 million from Renaissance Technologies, a Hedge Fund managed by Robert Mercer, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/the-reclusive-hedge-fund-tycoon-behind-the-trump-presidency a principal patron of Breitbart News and Steve Bannon. Also, according to the Paradise Papers https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/ Mercer reportedly invested offshore dark money to help sink Clinton. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/08/robert-mercer-offshore-dark-money-hillary-clinton-paradise-papers

  19. ʎʇᴉnbƎ ǝʌᴉʇɐƃǝN says:

    Kushner’s Business Got Loans After White House Meetings (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/business/jared-kushner-apollo-citigroup-loans.html
    New York’s banking regulator has asked Deutsche Bank AG and a pair of local lenders to provide information about their relationships with Jared Kushner, his family and the Kushner Companies, according to people familiar with the matter. (South China Morning Post) http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2135178/loans-jared-kushner-and-family-deutsche-bank-are
    Jared Kushner appears to have drawn more money out of three separate lines of credit in the months after he joined the White House last year, a newly released document shows. Recent revisions to the financial disclosure form filed by Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, bumped up each of those debts to a range of $5 million to $25 million. Versions of the couple’s disclosures made public in July valued those debts at $1 million to $5 million apiece. (Wapo) https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2018/02/14/this-is-why-kushners-gargantuan-debt-matters/?utm_term=.775edeea0964
    Kushner Cos in talks to buy partner’s 49.5 % stake in debt-laden Manhattan tower – Kushner Cos acquired the building with a full block of prime Fifth Avenue retail frontage in 2006 for $1.8 billion, the most ever paid for a New York office tower at the time. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-property-kushner/kushner-cos-in-talks-to-buy-partners-stake-in-debt-laden-manhattan-tower-idUSKCN1GB2O2

  20. 馬鹿 says:

    “Kushner Conflict Cloud Hovers Over Brooklyn Sale Linked to Japan” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-13/kushner-conflict-cloud-hovers-over-brooklyn-sale-linked-to-japan
    “Kushner deal with Japan-backed company gets new scrutiny : Caleb Melby, financial investigations reporter for Bloomberg News, talks with Rachel Maddow about a hundred million dollar real estate deal the Jared Kushner’s family company did with a Japan-backed company. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/kushner-deal-with-japan-backed-company-gets-new-scrutiny-1186353219548?playlist=associated

  21. Antigonish says:

    “For the first time, the Kushner Companies admitted Sunday to meeting with Qatar’s finance minister in New York three months after President Donald Trump took office, but said no funds were exchanged or a deal struck.
    Jared Kushner’s father, Charles, said the meeting took place but that if Qatari finance minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi and other representatives were ready to provide investment or funds to the real estate company it would not have been accepted, according to The Washington Post.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kushner-companies-confirms-meeting-with-qatar-on-financing/2018/03/18/55e281ac-1e3c-11e8-9de1-147dd2df3829_story.html?utm_term=.a8911f819bb7
    “Charles Kushner (born May 16, 1954) is an American real estate developer. He founded Kushner Companies in 1985. In 2005, he was convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering, and served time in federal prison. After his release, he resumed his career in real estate. As a result of his convictions, Kushner was disbarred, prohibited from practicing law in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In August 2015, Kushner donated $100,000 to Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again PAC, a super PAC supporting Trump’s 2016 campaign for the presidency https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Kushner#Criminal_conviction

  22. Update says:

    Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket” https://theintercept.com/2018/03/21/jared-kushner-saudi-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman/
    ‘Outrageous’ Jared Kushner a ‘Huge Threat’ to U.S. Foreign Policy, Says Retired Army General http://www.newsweek.com/jared-kushner-threat-foreign-policy-856945
    New York City investigating more than a dozen Kushner buildings http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-kushner-companies-new-york-rent-20180322-story.html
    Citigroup says loan to Kushner family business ‘completely appropriate’ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/citigroup-loan-kushner-family-business-completely/story?id=53917924

  23. Minor details says:

    Bank of Internet, Which Had Been Under Federal Investigation, Appears In Multiple Kushner Deals https://www.propublica.org/article/bank-of-internet-kushner-deals
    After multiple subpoenas in 2016, the SEC investigation of BofI was closed without any action on June 27, 2017, several months before the first of the known Kushner transactions, according to documents obtained through public records requests by investment research outfit Probes Reporter.
    As part of its investigation, the SEC subpoenaed documents from BofI relating to its internal controls, conflicts of interest policies, and residential loans to foreigners, among other matters.
    The New York Post reported early last year that the Justice Department was also looking into issues at the bank related to possible money laundering. “We are not aware of any ongoing DOJ or Treasury investigation,” the company said in a statement.
    The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

  24. $1.2 billion miracle says:

    In April 2017, Kushner Cos. directly solicited investment from Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi for its deeply indebted 666 Fifth Avenue luxury tower in Manhattan. No deal came out of the talks headed by Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, who has run the company since Trump’s son-in-law began serving in the White House. The following month, Kushner and the White House supported a blockade of Qatar organized by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Due to the crisis, alliances in the region have shifted, with Qatar—which holds the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East—aligning more closely with Iran and Turkey. In June, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought a “calm and thoughtful dialogue” to bring resolution to the clash between Qatar and its neighbors. But President Donald Trump echoed Saudi talking points and called Qatar a “funder of terror at a very high level.”
    The president reversed his position last month that the regime was a major funder of terrorism while welcoming Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to the White House with open arms and heaping praise on the emir, who he called “a great friend of mine”. Two weeks earlier on a visit to Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a stern message to the Persian Gulf leaders, urging them to resolve their differences and stressing that gulf unity is imperative if the United States and its allies are to confront Iran, a Saudi, Israeli and Trump administration priority.
    In January Qatar and the U.S. signed a memorandum of understanding on energy co-operation and throughout the crisis, Qatar continued to buy US weaponry in large quantities: a $12bn deal for F15 jets was announced last summer. The Qataris also pay for the cost of maintaining the Al Udeid Air Base (which they built in 1966 at the cost of more than $1 billion), and have promised significant upgrades to the facilities for US troops and their families, as well as building new naval ports, that will be able to accommodate U.S. warships, for port visits or permanent basing. This spring, the emirate put in orders worth another half billion dollars for US guidance systems and precision-guided missiles for helicopters, just ahead of a visit to the White House in April by the emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
    “Trump set to benefit as Qatar buys $6.5m apartment in New York tower” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/04/trump-qatar-buys-apartment-new-york-tower Also: “The Kushners Are Finally Getting That Sweet, Sweet Qatari Cash : Qatar, under siege, opens its pocketbook to help save 666 Fifth.” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/05/kushner-cos-brookfield-qatar (just prior to Jared Kushner’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia in May 2017, his family real estate company also “received a roughly $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim,” described as one of Israel’s largest financial institutions).
    “Qatar eyes stake in Newsmax : The Persian Gulf state, owner of Al Jazeera, has sought to invest in the conservative news outlet with ties to Trump.” https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/08/qatar-newsmax-ruddy-al-jazeera-trump-573242 (The Qatari government already owns the international Al-Jazeera news network). Qatari money was also behind the creation of a DC-based thinktank, the Gulf International Forum in February, and since last June, when the blockade began, the Doha government has spent over $5m on lobbying firms, in an effort to match the Saudis.

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