Jared Kushner and Steve Mnuchin traveled through the Middle East in the weeks before Trump left office, ostensibly to raise money for the Abraham Foundation, which is supposed to fund various development initiatives in the region. New York Times However, it was reported on Monday that the fund was essentially a shell, it dissolved after the former president left office and that Kushner and Mnuchin’s own companies have continued to receive hundreds of millions of dollars. from the countries they visited while working in White. House.
Kushner has since touted investments in his company, Common Interest Partners, as a way to uphold the Abrahamic Accords, the 2020 peace accord between the US, Israel and the UAE that inspired its success. established the Abraham Foundation, according to Times.
The report came out a month later Times reported that Affinity Partners received $2 billion from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund six months after Trump left office. The fund’s advisers deemed Kushner too sketchy to secure such a large investment, but they were approved by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Times on Monday noted that Mnuchin received $1 billion from Saudi Arabia’s wealth fund, plus $500 million from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar.
Mnuchin is said to have met with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar in the final weeks of his tenure as Treasury secretary, and skipped a planned meeting with Kuwait in the wake of the Capitol attack. Kushner, meanwhile, has made three trips to the Middle East between the 2020 election and January 5, 2021. Both have stocked their investment firms with government employees, who are all previously worked on the Agreement of Abraham, according to Times.
The brazenness of corrupt behavior is obviously startling but at the same time not surprising given the Trump administration’s habit of using government leverage to enrich the personal fortunes of officials and employees. their allies. However, Kushner’s financial ties to the Middle East feel particularly austere, as his interest there is anticipated to bring peace to the region. The idea that a real estate sector with no foreign policy experience would end one of the world’s most intractable conflicts was ludicrous at the time it was proposed, but unlikely Kushner was apprehensive about the possibility of conflict resolution. In her new book, This is the dealFormer Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway described Kushner as “wise and calculated”.
“There is no subject that he considers beyond his expertise,” Conway wrote, according to washington articles. “Criminal Justice Reform. Middle East peace. The south and the north border. Veterans and opioids. Big tech and small business. If Mars attacks are on the radar, he’ll happily add them to his ever-growing portfolio. He made sure you knew he exiled the Martians to Uranus and insisted that he didn’t care who was credited with it. He misread the Constitution in one important respect, thinking that all power not vested in the federal government was reserved for he. ”
Kushner seems to think that his project to bring peace to the Middle East is still ongoing, and now that he is no longer in power, the best way to prove it is for the countries of the region to provide it. give him a bunch of money. “If we can attract Israelis and Muslims in the region to do business together, that will focus everyone on common interests and shared values,” he said. The Wall Street Journal earlier this month, talking about the work of the Hobbyist Partner. “We launched historic change in the region that needs to be strengthened and nurtured to reach its potential.”
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/jared-kushner-steve-mnuchin-middle-east-money-1357041/ Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin Scored Big Money From Middle East: Report