Kushner is ‘in my pocket’ brags Saudi Crown Prince

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Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman bragged about his close relationship with Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law to US President Donald Trump, telling his UAE counterpart that Kushner was “in his pocket”, according to a report https://theintercept.com/2018/03/21/jared-kushner-saudi-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman/”> released yesterday by the Intercept.

The Crown Prince reportedly made the comments following meetings with Kushner in October, during which Kushner shared the names of Saudi figures in a classified brief read by the president and his closest advisers who were believed to be disloyal to Prince Muhammad; many of those in the brief were subsequently arrested in the Saudi crackdown on “corruption” a week later.

While it is likely that Prince Muhammad could have investigated his critics independently, he may have wanted it to be known that Kushner shared such information with him in order to underline his close relationship with the Trump administration, an unnamed US official said.

However, if Kushner discussed the names of alleged critics of the Saudi prince without presidential authorisation, he may have violated federal laws with regards to sharing classified intelligence, the Intercept stated.

Kushner is also believed to have communicated directly with both the Saudi and Emirati crown princes on WhatsApp, despite his attorneys requesting that he not use the popular messaging app for official business.

According to US officials, Prince Muhammad may have told United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed and others that he had Kushner “in his pocket” in an attempt to send a message to his allies and enemies that his actions were backed by the US government.

The latest report comes amid President Trump hailing relations between Saudi Arabia and the US as at the strongest they have ever been, upon the first official visit of the Crown Prince to Washington.

“[The] relationship is probably the strongest it’s ever been. We understand each other. Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they’re going to give the United States some of that wealth hopefully, in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world,” Trump declared.

US President Donald Trump (R) meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on 20 March 2018 in Washington, US [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Anadolu Agency]

The news of the Crown Prince’s statements also comes a month after Kushner lost his security clearance, as US officials expressed concern that he was being manipulated by foreign governments.

The White House came under criticism last year when it emerged that Kushner, who has been tasked with forging peace in the Middle East, has been carrying some of the most sensitive diplomatic talks with only an interim security clearance. Since then, his access to top-secret intelligence has been revoked.

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4 Responses

  1. Mr. Kushner’s behaviour seems questionable, to put it mildly. In front of a jury maybe ? Or can Mr. Kushner invoke the “privilege of the Clown” ?

  2. This is no honest friendship. The US as usual is being opportunistic driven by an agenda to take advantage of Saudi wealth. Just like they used Pakistan to gain their influence in Afghanistan they would use Saudi to gain their influence in the Arab Middle East. Their main aim is to drain the wealth of Saudi if they can and leave the country helpless and dependent with the connivance of Israel just like they did with three Muslim nations namely Iraq,Libya and Syria. How can Trump and family love Saudi Arabia when they have a deep hatred for the Muslims and the Islamic world. Isn’t this the biggest paradox in political history?

    • I think the three countries that allied to empower the Afghan mujaheddin all have exploited each other pretty cynically. Don’t you find it suspicious that the US never detected Pakistan’s nuclear program? How about the time, recounted by Richard Clarke, when his State Department office saw spy photos showing the Saudis building an exact duplicate of a Chinese intermediate range missile base and George Schulz had to bring the hammer down? Except, of course, that in exchange for not installing the nuclear-capable missiles they had surely bought, we built the secret Desert One base to defend them instead using misappropriated funds?

      As for Trump’s bigotry against Moslems, I can think of no way more effective to spread misery among Moslems than allowing Saudi Arabia to destroy all forms of progressivism and secularism by flooding them with Wahhabi missionaries and madrassas. Which we did.

  3. General Kelly seems intent on keeping Kushner away from the affairs of state as much as possible. Which makes Kelly the next to go.

    Trump wants NO ONE but himself and/or his family completely in-charge of EVERYTHING in these United States under Trump.

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