Kushner Hands-on Broker of $110B Saudi Arms Deal

Kushner Hands-on Broker of $110B Saudi Arms Deal

Trump is set to use his Saudi Arabia trip this weekend to announce one of the largest arms sales deals in US history, estimated to be upwards of $100 billion.

Politico noted that Kushner also broke Shabbat rules during the 2016 presidential campaign, after the release of a tape from 2005 in which then-presidential nominee Trump boasted that he could kiss and grope women without their consent without repercussions because of his fame.

Kushner reportedly shepherded the deal through personally, including making a personal phone call to Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson asking if she could cut the price, the New York Times reported. The married couple, both of whom work as White House advisers, are practicing Orthodox Jews and generally observe Shabbat, with rare exceptions for work-related issues.

The New York Times reports that deal includes the purchase of an expensive THAAD defense system, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.

Ultimately, the two sides were able to reach an agreement on a weapons package that amounts to $110 billion in tanks, fighter jets, combat ships and the THAAD missile defense system, according to the White House. Then an American official raised the idea of the Saudis' buying a sophisticated radar system created to shoot down ballistic missiles.

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Meanwhile, Trump is set to leave Friday for his first foreign trip since assuming office.

The 36-year-old commercial real estate magnate started building a relationship with members of the Saudi royal family shortly after the election, a source told CNN, and was on hand when Trump hosted the deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in March.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will be flying aboard Air Force One to Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump on Friday, after receiving a rabbinical dispensation to travel on the Jewish Sabbath, according to a White House official.

"As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement in response to the Post's report. "But again, it's not a binary choice where he's doing this at the expense of somebody else".

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