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💰Qatar Blockade & Kush’s 666 bailout.

The troubling overlap between Jared Kushner's business interests and US foreign policy
📌A congressional inquiry has raised the possibility that Kushner supported a blockade of a US ally as payback because it would not fund his family’s business
🔑In May 2017, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, met for a private dinner with top leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. #Otaiba?

The pair learned of a plan by US allies Saudi & Qatar to impose a blockade on another US ally, Qatar.
The two Trump advisers were in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, as a part of a large US delegation accompanying Trump, after he decided to make the kingdom his first stop on his maiden foreign trip as president.
Kushner and Prince Mohammed played key roles in organizing that two-day trip, where Saudi rulers feted Trump with multiple banquets and displays of admiration.
Rex Tillerson SOS at the time, was left in the dark.

Tillerson only learned of the meeting two months ago, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session with lawyers & staffers working for the House foreign affairs cmte.

📌Intriguing, why so secret?
🔑Tillerson’s testimony, highlighted the inner workings of the Trump adm and revealed the extent to which Kushner – and to a lesser degree, Bannon, who left the administration in August 2017 – were conducting a shadow foreign policy.
📌The meeting in May 2017 was crucial because it helped solidify a Trump foreign policy favoring Saudi Arabia and the UAE in their conflict with Qatar, a tiny emirate in the Gulf that is rich in natural gas and home to a major US military base.

2 weeks post Saudi trip, 6/5/17 Saudi Arabia & three of its allies – the UAE, Egypt & Bahrain – severed diplomatic & economic relations with Qatar. Saudi leaders accused Qatar of financing terrorism; supporting & undermining Arab efforts to isolate Iran.
🔑They imposed a blockade, sealing off Qatar’s only land border, and restricting air and sea travel to and from the peninsula.
🔑Initially, Trump sided with Saudi Arabia and the UAE in their campaign to isolate Qatar.
🔑Trump has since expressed support for Qatar, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE are still leading the blockade.

A year after its ill-fated outreach to the Qatari government, Kushner’s family found a savior for its Manhattan office tower (666 5th Ave).
In May 2018, Kushner Companies negotiated a bailout deal with Brookfield Asset Management, one of the world’s largest real estate companies.

🔑The second-largest investor in Brookfield’s real estate subsidiary happens to be Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.
📌Weeks before the blockade, Kushner’s father – the real estate developer Charles Kushner – met with a top Qatari official to seek financing for ‘a distressed Manhattan office tower’.
Hint: Kush’s 666

🔑The Qataris declined.
Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the U.S., attempted to shape American policy toward the Middle East via Kushner & lobbied over a regional dispute with Qatar, is at the center of the #1MDB scandal.
One must wonder: did Jared Kushner support a blockade of a US ally as political payback because it would not fund his family’s business?


📌2007: The Kushner family’s financial troubles began after it purchased an office tower at 666 Fifth Avenue for a record $1.8bn in 2007, at the height of a real estate market that crashed a year later.
Jared and Charles Kushner then sold 666 Fifth’s most valuable asset — the Fifth Avenue retail space — for $525 million and used the proceeds to pay down some of their debt.

But office rents continued to fall and two of the tower’s biggest tenants left.
🔑That forced the Kushners to restructure their loans, and Vornado Realty Trust bought a 49.5 percent stake in the office space and gave the Kushners an $80 million high-interest loan.

🔑VORNADO later bought the retail space the from separate owners.

🔑Steven Roth (Vornado) Trump’s life long friend now owns 49.5% of 666.
‼️Remember this?

2001 World Trade Center Lease
Charles Kushner & Vornado
🔑Oh boy, let’s add in the Saudi Nuke Deal.

As It turns out Westinghouse Electric, one of the power plant manufacturers is a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, & could benefit Trump/Saudi nuclear deal.

🔑Brookfield Asset Management, which purchased a 99-year lease on the building, paid enough for Kushner Companies to pay off its $1.1 billion debt and buy out its partner, VORNADO Realty Trust, which owned the retail portion of the building.
🔑The deal is troubling b/c QIA, is Brookfield's 2nd-largest investor. Brookfield said Qatar wasn’t aware of the deal until it was publicly announced & now has only a minimal stake in the 666 5th Ave. building.

Hmm... $1B for a minimal stake....
The Qatar Investment Authority owns preferred shares in a Brookfield company called Brookfield Property Partners.

🔑Brent said Brookfield Property Partners owns 7 per cent of the particular Brookfield investment fund that acquired the building,
At around the same time, Brookfield's acquisition of Westinghouse Electric, a nuclear power company, was finalized.
This connection became problematic after the HOC released a report
🔑The HOC report alleged some members of the Trump adm proposed selling nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia
🔑This over the objections of top national security officials.

🔑The report noted that Westinghouse, which manufactures power plants, could benefit from such a deal.


Flynn nuke deal

Whistleblowers Raise Grave Concerns with Trump Administration’s Efforts to Transfer Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia
Flynn👉🏼Russia/Saudi/UAE nuclear/sanctions conspiracy👉🏼Westinghouse👉🏼Brookfield👉🏼Kush

Excellent thread:
🔑Democratic congressional staffers zeroed in on that meeting and subsequent events in their questioning of Tillerson.

🔑House investigators are exploring the sequence of events involving Kushner’s family company and the blockade of Qatar.

🔑A real estate company part-owned by Jared Kushner has received $90m in foreign funding from an opaque offshore vehicle since he entered the White House as a senior adviser to his father-in-law Donald Trump.
🔑Investment has flowed from overseas to the company, Cadre, while Kushner works as an international envoy for the US.

🔑The money came through a vehicle run by Goldman Sachs in the Cayman Islands, a tax haven that guarantees corporate secrecy.
📌The blockade of Qatar continues, which means the Qataris are still vulnerable.

🔑Per reps of the Qatari government there was another payment due to Jared via an offshore fund in June – which happens, apparently, to be when Cadre received the $90m.
🔑The Department of Justice should investigate Jared’s initially non-disclosed $50m stake in Cadre, and the investments the company has since received.
🔑In cynical parlance, this is called dollars for diplomacy.

🔑History will judge corruption to be the most destructive and defining characteristic of the ‘mob-like’ family occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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