The son-in-law of President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, has been in contact with Saudi Prince Mohammed for over two years as the royal family attempted to influence and manipulate him, reports the New York Times.
As the fallout continues over the murder of the October 2 killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the messages acquired by the Times show a long-term project to "woo" Kushner -- including sending a delegation to the U.S. to meet him two years ago.
According to the report, "The ties between Mr. Kushner and Prince Mohammed did not happen on their own. Prince Mohammed and his advisers, eager to enlist American support for his hawkish policies in the region and for his own consolidation of power, cultivated the relationship with Mr. Kushner for more than two years, according to documents, emails and text messages."
The report continues by saying that Kushner was considered a prime target right after Trump was elected.
"A delegation of Saudis close to the prince visited the United States as early as the month Mr. Trump was elected, the documents show, and brought back a report identifying Mr. Kushner as a crucial focal point in the courtship of the new administration," the reports states.
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