Jared Kushner Sticks U.S. With $24K Hotel Bill
Jared Kushner is a very wealthy man. Some estimates peg his net worth at about $800 million, a figure that grew significantly during his four years as an “adviser” to his father-in-law, Donald Trump. He recently published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he shamelessly takes credit for almost singlehandedly ending centuries of Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East.
What his opinion piece in the newspaper of high finance didn’t mention is that during his last official visit to Israel in December he rang up a $24,335 hotel bill that U.S. taxpayers will have to pay. The trip took place about four weeks before his twice-impeached one-term president father-in-law left jetted off to retirement in Florida. The principal reason for the trip: to attend a ceremony at which a courtyard in the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem – which Trump relocated from Tel Aviv in 2018 – was named in his honor.
The expenditure is documented on the USASpending.gov website, a publicly available database maintained by the federal government. Note that the real estate heir’s airfare is not included in that total.
But it appears that official U.S. government business and taking a bow in the courtyard isn’t the only thing Kushner accomplished during that taxpayer-funded trip. Just one week after returning from Israel, his family’s real estate business filed paperwork that indicates it plans to raise $100 million in capital by selling bonds on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Government watchdogs complained through Trump’s presidency that he and his family routinely leveraged their positions to enrich themselves and get taxpayers to fund their lavish lifestyles and travel. Throughout his run as a Trump adviser Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, amassed huge travel bills that taxpayers have had to pay. One of the largest was the $58,000 for room and board for their Secret Service security detail during a luxury weekend retreat to the Dominican Republic in 2018.