MSNBC’s ‘All In’ with Chris Hayes explained how Jared Kushner’s Manhattan real estate almost caused war in the Middle East.
“It would be one thing if Jared Kushner used his position at the White House to benefit his family real estate business. that would be bad,” Hayes suggested. “A big deal scandal if true, but also, the kind of thing you’ve heard about before, maybe in state or local government.”
“Okay, but it would be another thing entirely if Jared Kushner actually shaped American foreign policy to punish countries for turning down deals with his business — at the expense of U.S. interests,” the host continued. “And that is exactly what special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to figure out, according to a new exclusive from NBC News.”
“Mueller’s team asked about efforts from the properties focusing on his discussions during the transition with individuals from Qatar and Turkey as well as Russia, China, and the United Arab Emirates. Kushner’s company has struggled to refinance its flagship property at 666 — I’m not making that up — 666 Fifth Ave in Manhattan for $1.4 billion in a year from now,” Hayes explained. “Last June, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. organized a blockade of Qatar, an important ally that hosts the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East, the hub of American air power in the region.”
“We know his family is looking for various sources of foreign money to inject into a cash-starved property. We also know Jared Kushner is running a lot of foreign policy,” he noted.”Ask the Qataris for money and two weeks later Qatar says no and then the full force of the U.S. government is slammed down on Qatar.”
“How involved was Kushner in that?” Hayes asked Ryan Grim, the DC bureau chief for The Intercept.
“He was extremely involved in the policy,” Grim replied. “Without Kushner, we might not have the blockade. And just so people know, this blockade is ongoing.”
“This cold war, very nearly became a hot war,” Grim added. “There are reports that the Emirates considered invading with a mercenary force, Qatar, as this all unfolded.”