Sunday, May 28, 2017

Trump Issues Statement on Jared Kushner

In a statement to The New York Times on Sunday night, President Trump said in the wake of reports that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, attempted to set up back-channel communications with the Russians:
 Jared is doing a great job for the country. I have total confidence in him. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.

But The New York Times reports:
It has been duly noted in the White House that Mr. Trump, who feels that he has been ill served by his staff, has increasingly included Mr. Kushner when he dresses down aides and officials, a rarity earlier in his administration and during the campaign.

The most serious point of contention between the president and his son-in-law, two people familiar with the interactions said, was a video clip this month of Mr. Kushner’s sister, Nicole Meyer, pitching potential investors in Beijing on a Kushner Companies condominium project in Jersey City. At one point, Ms. Meyer — who remains close to her brother — dangled the availability of EB-5 visas to the United States as an enticement for Chinese financiers willing to shell out $500,000 or more.

For Mr. Trump, Ms. Meyer’s performance violated two major rules. Politically, it undercut his immigration crackdown, and in a personal sense, it smacked of profiteering off Mr. Trump — one of the sins that warrants expulsion from his orbit.

In the following days, the president made several snarky, disparaging comments about Mr. Kushner’s family and the visas during routine West Wing meetings that were clearly intended to express his annoyance, two aides said.

Mr. Kushner did not respond, at least not in earshot.


1 comment:

  1. The $500,000 "purchase" of a visa has been policy for many years, and is well known in Silicon Valley circles. The concept (supposedly) is that if someone "invests" in a company (or real property), then the visa is approved. For Chinese with money to funnel out from their home country and establish a base for their children to attend US schools, this is an opportunity too good to pass up. Too bad the NY Times shaded this as a Trump favor rather than sanction from Obama's era.