US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner personally intervened on a recent arms deal with Saudi Arabia ahead of Trump’s visit to the kingdom this week, said a report.
According to a report by The New York Times on Thursday, Kushner jumped to the Saudis’ assistance when it became clear that the cost of a sophisticated radar system, THAAD, might be an issue.
The negotiations were on a $100 billion-plus weapons deal which the White House hoped to reach with Saudi Arabia earlier this month.
White House officials said Kushner made a phone call during the meeting with Lockheed Martin’s CEO, Marillyn Hewson, asking her to provide a discount for the radar system, similar to the one the US has already deployed to South Korea.
The deals are the latest in a series of controversial arms sales by the Trump administration to governments with poor human rights records, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.—Agencies