Kushner called Lockheed CEO about $100B Saudi arms deal

20 May, 2017, 09:31 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Kushner called Lockheed CEO to get a better arms deal for Saudi Arabia

Jared Kushner is the target of a quickly moving Russian Federation investigation, new reports claim, a sign that the investigation into Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russian Federation is closing in on his inner circle.

Joining the president for his trip are his Orthodox Jewish daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The...

An unnamed rabbi gave the couple, both Orthodox Jews, special dispensation to fly to Saudi Arabia on Air Force One with President Trump on Friday night, Politico reported, quoting a White House official.

Although one could probably come up with a Talmudic pilpul suggesting that since the position of Ivanka and Jared as a counterbalance to, say, White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon, was vital for the well-being of the presidency, and, by extension, the free world - they shouldn't have been absent from the greatest day in Dad's life.

Ultimately, the two sides were able to reach an agreement on a weapons package that amounts to $110 billion in tanks, fighter jets, combat ships and the THAAD missile defense system, according to the White House.

Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner called defense contractor Lockheed Martin's CEO Marillyn Hewson to reduce the cost of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system so that Saudi Arabia could buy it, the New York Times reported Thursday.

During the meeting with the delegation, Kushner determined that cost could prohibit the Saudis from purchasing a THAAD missile defense system, which is created to shoot down intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

During last year's presidential campaign and later during the transition, Kushner was identified by Trump's team as the principal point of contact for foreign governments looking to either congratulate the new USA leader or begin diplomatic talks.

"Mr. Kushner, White House officials said, began building ties to members of the Saudi royal family during the transition", the report noted.

"He's continuing to work with them and facilitate an outcome".

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