NYT Explores Saudis' 'Wooing' of Jared Kushner

NYT Explores Saudis' 'Wooing' of Jared Kushner

NYT Explores Saudis' 'Wooing' of Jared Kushner

Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people with the murder, which took place in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Kushner, Trump's adviser and son-in-law, and bin Salman have been exchanging private, one-on-one messages with each other through WhatsApp, the newspaper reported.

At one point, Khashoggi is heard saying "I can't breathe, I can't breathe".

Their communication went on even in the aftermath of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

Investigations into Khashoggi's killing are still going on in both Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

A White House spokesman told the New Times: "Jared has always meticulously followed protocols and guidelines regarding the relationship with MBS and all of the other foreign officials with whom he interacts".

Kushner offered the de facto Saudi ruler advice "about how to weather the storm" following the death of Khashoggi, the Times reported on Saturday, citing a Saudi source familiar with the conversations.

Washington's reliance on the Saudis in the so-called Middle East peace process and its backing for the deadly Saudi war on Yemen have all grown out of "that bromance" between Kushner and bin Salman, he said.

A Saudi delegation met with Kushner as early as November 2016, the month Trump was elected president, according to the report.

The delegation had invited Trump to come to Riyadh, and Kushner pushed for it to happen in the weeks after the president was inaugurated.

As the killing set off a firestorm around the world and American intelligence agencies concluded that it was ordered by Prince Mohammed, Kushner became the prince's most important defender inside the White House, people familiar with its internal deliberations say.

According to CNN, Saudi officials do not deny the calls were made to Riyadh but instead deny calls were made at all in the tape.

A new report suggests there are concerns from within the White House regarding Jared Kushner's relationship to the Saudi Crown Prince.

For decades he was close to the Saudi royal family and also served as an adviser to the government. That publication provided it to the Times, the paper said.

"[Bin Salman's] initial approaches to the Palestinians were rejected by their leaders, and their resistance stiffened after the Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital without waiting for a negotiated agreement on the city's status", The Times wrote.

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