Jared Kushner’s father confirmed he met with Qatari officials and “funding for a financially troubled real-estate project was discussed,” the company told The Washington Post. In a statement to the newspaper, Charles Kushner said he “agreed to the meeting as a courtesy” and told the officials in advance that he was “not going to accept sovereign wealth fund investments.” In a previous report from The Intercept, Kushner said the company “did not meet with anyone from the Qatari government.” The April 2017 meeting at New York’s St. Regis Hotel came before President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia in late May, where he publicly supported an economic boycott on Qatar. Kushner’s portfolio as White House senior adviser includes Middle East affairs. The Kushners reportedly sought money from Qatar from 2014 “until at least 2016,” but the $500 million deal fell through because the country “sought to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest,” said Tom Barrack, a friend of President Trump.
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