Jared Kushner Reportedly Advised Saudi Prince ‘How to Weather the Storm’ After Khashoggi Murder


A new report details the extent of Jared Kushner‘s relationship with Mohammed bin Salman, as well as his attempts to help the Saudi crown prince survive the fallout from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Kushner, President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law and a top adviser, has had an close relationship with MbS since the dawn of the current administration. The New York Times reported Saturday that the “two men were on a first-name basis, calling each other Jared and Mohammed in text messages and phone calls.”

The new report revealed that the contact between Kushner and MbS extended beyond the October killing and dismembering of Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident, at the nation’s consulate in Turkey. The CIA has reportedly come to the assessment that MbS himself ordered the murder.

Sources told the Times that Kushner was one of the crown prince’s staunchest defenders in the administration, amidst increasing calls for the U.S. to take punitive action against the Saudis for the murder.

Per the Times:

But American officials and a Saudi briefed on their conversations said that Mr. Kushner and Prince Mohammed have continued to chat informally. According to the Saudi, Mr. Kushner has offered the crown prince advice about how to weather the storm, urging him to resolve his conflicts around the region and avoid further embarrassments.

Karen Attiah, who was Khashoggi’s editor at the Washington Post, called the revelation “INSANE” in a tweet, and called for an investigation into possible financial dealings between Kushner, Trump and Saudi Arabia.

Read the report here.

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