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

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President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner personally intervened in a $100-billion-plus arms deal with Saudi Arabia – making a call to press for a price cut on a radar system designed to shoot down ballistic missiles, The New York Times reported.

According to the Times, at a May 1 meeting with a high-level delegation of Saudis, Kushner called Marillyn Hewson, the chief executive of Lockheed Martin, which makes the radar system, and asked if she could cut the price.

“As his guests watched slack-jawed, Ms. Hewson told him she would look into it,” the Times reported, citing unnamed officials.

The Times noted the personal intervention in the $110 billion arms sale “is further evidence of the Trump White House’s readiness to dispense with custom in favor of informal, hands-on deal making.”

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