Jared Kushner was identified as exploitable by at least four countries because of his complex and troubled business dealings, according to a new Washington Post report.
The report, on the heels of news that Kushner had lost his top security clearance, relies on current and former White House officials and names the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico as countries that tagged the president’s son-in-law as “manipulable.”
Kushner’s family has a history of legal troubles, including the felony conviction that sent his father to prison for 14 months. On disclosure forms, Jared Kushner reported having $25 million in debt. One of his projects in Manhattan alone had $1.2 billion debt.
Kushner’s behavior coming to Washington “has only drawn more scrutiny,” the Post reported.
Among those to raise concerns was H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, who according to the Post, was “surprised” to learn that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not officially report or coordinate through the normal channels.
“When he learned about it, it surprised him,” the source told the Post. “He thought that was weird…It was an unusual thing. I don’t know that any White House has done it this way before.”
Kushner’s lawyer pushed back through spokesman Peter Mirijanian: “We will not respond substantively to unnamed sources peddling second-hand hearsay with rank speculation that continue to leak inaccurate information.”