Jared Kushner Kept Embassy Officials in the Dark During Recent Visit With Saudi’s, According to New Report
Jared Kushner has had a tough couple of weeks when it comes to honesty issues. Donald Trump has been accused of abusing his power to get Kushner security clearance. Congressman, Ted Lieu, filed a criminal complaint against Kushner earlier this week that referenced omissions on his security clearance forms.
Now, the president’s son in law is facing questions about his most recent trip to Riyadh. According to The Daily Beast, Kushner kept embassy staffers in the dark about his meetings with the Saudi Crown Prince.
Kushner was in Riyadh to meet with King Salman and Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The special adviser to the president has a strong relationship with the pair and reportedly advised the Crown Prince during the Jamal Khashoggi affair.
Sources say, “no one from the embassy in Riyadh was in the meetings.”
While a State Department official took part, he was not an official from Riyadh’s embassy. Administration officials are often provided help with scheduling and a security detail from the local embassy. On this trip, however, Kushner used a security detail provided to him by the Saudis.
This story is damaging for Kushner who has faced criticism for both his Saudi relationship and his issues with transparency. This report will do nothing to quiet those concerns.
For their part, the White House is denying any wrongdoing on Kushner’s part. An official told The Daily Beast, “This reporting is not true and the sources are misinformed.”