Kushner called Lockheed CEO about $100B Saudi arms deal
02:41, May 22, 2017
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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.
Kushner's phone call doesn't break any laws since Lockheed Martin is the only company that produces the radar system, meaning the contract can't be offered to another organization.
Even before the reports that he was the subject of the Russian investigation, Jared Kushner's role in the White House has come under scrutiny - including his role in a recently completed $100 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
"Frankly, Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia", Trump said.
These reports are a follow up of one of two major stories which broke yesterday while Donald Trump made a trip to Saudi Arabia.
In a statement, a White House official called the defense deal "a significant expansion of the over seven-decade long security relationship between" the United States and Saudi Arabia.
The White House responded to the New York Times by saying that Trump meant to tell the Russians about Comey, adding that the President thought the line would help open negotiations with Putin's delegation. Lockheed Martin is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company. The incident echoes a similar bargaining tactic in February when Trump called Hewson to lower the price of F-35 fighter jets it was selling to the Pentagon.
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