Jared Kushner is supporting his equity firm receiving a $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia.

Jared Kushner, former White House adviser and son-in-law to Donald Trump, defended his business dealings with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday. Kushner, who worked on various policies during his time in the Trump administration, including Middle East peace efforts, developed a relationship with the crown prince, who has been both praised for his social and economic reforms and criticized for his crackdown on dissent in Saudi Arabia.

After leaving the White House, Kushner started a private equity firm that received a reported $2 billion investment from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, leading to scrutiny from Democrats. However, Kushner maintained that he followed all laws and ethics rules and dismissed any concerns about a conflict of interest.

Speaking at a summit in Miami sponsored by media company Axios, Kushner defended the sovereign wealth fund, stating that it is one of the most prestigious investors in the world. When asked about the U.S. intelligence reports that implicated the crown prince in the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Kushner initially responded with frustration, but later stated that he had not seen the intelligence report released in 2021. He also stood by the Trump administration’s policies and praised the current administration for working with the crown prince on issues such as oil production and regional security.

While acknowledging the horrific nature of Khashoggi’s killing, Kushner stated that his job was to represent America and push forward its interests. He also stated that he has no interest in rejoining the White House if Trump wins the 2024 presidential election.  

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