Van Jones Defends Jared Kushner Interview: People Wanted Me to ‘Cut Him Off’ or ‘Beat Him Up’


CNN’s Van Jones joined Erica Hill on Monday to discuss the biggest takeaways from his interview with Jared Kushner at the network’s CITIZEN political forum.

Since Jamal Khashoggi‘s murder is still at the forefront of the international news cycle, Jones peppered Kushner with questions this morning about his conversations with the Saudi Royal Family, as well as his qualifications for brokering peace in the Middle East. Since Kushner said earlier today that the Trump Administration is still determining how to proceed on the Khashoggi murder, Jones made note of how the president’s son-in-law never said whether the Saudi’s investigation can be trusted.

“I asked him very, very directly, ‘do you trust the Saudis to investigate themselves?’ You’ve got literally the prime suspect is also the prime investigator, and he didn’t answer the question directly.”

However, Jones explained that he wanted Kushner to have his say since he rarely does interviews and might’ve ended up saying something of consequence in the process. The CNN host also remarked that Kushner was visibly “nervous” since he’s not a “megaphone leader” like most political public figures these days.

“I thought it was important to challenge him, but I really wanted to make sure that he was able to explain himself without having to defend himself on everything, because when you get somebody like that talking, sometimes, just let them talk. People on Twitter are saying, cut him off, beat him up. I’m like, ‘This is the first time you’re hearing him say something. You want me to stop him from saying something?’ I want to hear him say something.”

In terms of the substance of Kushner’s remarks, Jones felt that the president’s son-in-law toed the administration’s line, which means that they’re going to prioritize the U.S.-Saudi relationship above any disagreement over the Khashoggi affair.

Watch above, via CNN.

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