A new report from The Intercept is raising fresh questions about the role that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's family business interests play in Trump administration foreign policy.
According to the publication's sources, Kushner Companies met last April with Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi to try to secure an investment for its troubled property at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City.
The attempt to get money directly from the Qatari government apparently went nowhere, however -- and then weeks later Qatar was hit by a massive international blockade.
"The failure to broker the deal would be followed only a month later by a Middle Eastern diplomatic row in which Jared Kushner provided critical support to Qatar’s neighbors," the publication writes. "Led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a group of Middle Eastern countries, with Kushner’s backing, led a diplomatic assault that culminated in a blockade of Qatar. Kushner, according to reports at the time, subsequently undermined efforts by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to bring an end to the standoff."
Interestingly, the United Arab Emirates was one of the countries that U.S. intelligence officials reportedly found discussing ways to use Kushner's family business interests to manipulate him to do their bidding.
Kushner's security clearance last week was downgraded and he is now blocked from accessing top-secret classified information, despite the fact that he has been charged by President Donald Trump with bringing peace to the Middle East.