"What has changed... is that the House of Saud is now dealing directly with a member of the Trump family."
Quite a lede in this New York Times story on the role that Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner played in a $110 Billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, just before Trump's very first overseas trip as President -- to, you guessed it, Saudi Arabia.
On the afternoon of May 1, President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, welcomed a high-level delegation of Saudis to a gilded reception room next door to the White House and delivered a brisk pep talk: “Let’s get this done today.”
Mr. Kushner was referring to a $100 billion-plus arms deal that the administration hoped to seal with Saudi Arabia in time to announce it during Mr. Trump’s visit to the kingdom this weekend. The two sides discussed a shopping list that included planes, ships and precision-guided bombs. Then an American official raised the idea of the Saudis’ buying a sophisticated radar system designed to shoot down ballistic missiles.
Sensing that the cost might be a problem, several administration officials said, Mr. Kushner picked up the phone and called Marillyn A. Hewson — the chief executive of Lockheed Martin, which makes the radar system — and asked her whether she could cut the price. As his guests watched slack-jawed, Ms. Hewson told him she would look into it, officials said.
A gentle reminder that Kushner was not elected to public office.
MSNBC news host Joy Reid has been the focus of controversy this week over her old blog, and her assertion that someone may have manipulated the Wayback Machine’s archive of that content to make her look bad.
The FBI interviewed Paul Manafort two times when he worked as a consultant for a political party in Ukraine aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in March 2013 and July 2014–that’s long before Manafort teamed up with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
How the once mighty have fallen.
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