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According to the Daily Beast, Jared Kushner’s father met with Qatari Officials to discuss financing for the world’s best known albatross, the impending balloon mortgage payment of $1.2 billion due next year on the family’s property at 666 5th Ave. in mid-town Manhattan. In a statement to the Washington Post, 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.”

That sounds nice, you know? That Mr. Kushner was so on the up and up about it, playing by the rules. Except for one thing. In a previous report from The Intercept, Kushner said the company “did not meet with anyone from the Qatari government.”

Why lie?

Is it possible that they lied because they darn well did seek to accept “sovereign wealth fund investments” and when the Qataris turned Kushner down President Trump went to Saudi Arabia in late May of 2017 (just one month later), and out of the blue publicly supported an economic boycott on Qatar? Keep in mind, of our Middle East allies, Qatar might be one of the strongest, allowing itself to serve as an essential “jumping-off base” for operations throughout Central Command. Yet, for some reason, Trump – without any sort of advanced reasoning, advocated an economic boycott of one of the few Middle Eastern countries that allow U.S. military personnel to maintain bases on their soil?

Smells to high hell to me.

Oh, and what in the world does a father of a White House aid take meetings with foreign governments “as a courtesy” for? What “courtesy” is it to meet with an ex-felon whose son works in the White House?

This makes no sense, except from the point where one presumes that Mr. Kushner made a hard sell on financing to the Qatari government, with a combination of threats and sweeteners, and when the Qataris told him to get bent, he lied about having had the meeting to begin with, then followed through by having Trump call to “punish” our “ally” in the Middle East.

THIS is precisely why we do not allow our government officials to have such glaring personal conflicts while transacting our nation’s business. It may make perfect sense for the Kushners (and thus Trump) to play “Hardball” with Qatar with respect to investments, and seek to strong-arm Qatar when turned down. It makes NO sense for the United States as a nation, to put OUR national security interests at risk, all because the nation that houses so much critical military infrastructure chooses not to invest in the world’s biggest White Elephant.

Yet the only sensible explanation is this is precisely how it went down and why.

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