Investigative journalist explains why Jared Kushner and Saudi crown prince have such a tight bond
Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner, and his wife, Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus are seen as they arrive with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to the Murabba Palace as honored guests of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Saturday evening, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Investigative Intercept reporter Mehdi Hasan explained another piece of the puzzling relationship between the Saudi royal family, Donald Trump and Jared Kushner.


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the reporter told MSNBC's Joy Reid Friday night, has bragged that he "has Jared Kushner in his pocket."

That relationship may have to do with both being "princes," Hasan noted — one literal and one figurative.

"What I find so fascinating when we talk about Jared Kushner and [bin Salman] is that they're both so similar," the reporter said. "They're both kind of spoiled brats in their 30's, overpromoted and actually not very good at their jobs."

"Everything MBS touches turns to dust," Hasan continued, referencing the country's ill-fated war in Yemen and blockade of Qatar.

The reporter proceeded to question why it took the likely murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly ordered by bin Salman, for American companies to "think again about how much they've buddied up with the Saudis" as those companies pull out of a planned conference in the desert kingdom.

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