Saudi officials representing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began courting White House senior adviser Jared Kushner well before President Donald Trump took office in 2017, and Kushner and Mohammed have maintained a close relationship ever since, according to The New York Times.
Kushner even offered advice to the crown prince following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for The Washington Post and was a permanent resident in the United States.
U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Khashoggi's murder —which took place in the Saudi consulate in Turkey and involved dismembering the journalist — would not have been possible without the express consent of the crown prince.
Since the uproar over Mr. Khashoggi’s killing, the Trump administration has acknowledged only one conversation between Mr. Kushner and Prince Mohammed: an Oct. 10 telephone call joined by John R. Bolton, the national security adviser. The Americans “asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process,” the White House said in a statement.
But American officials and a Saudi briefed on their conversations said that Mr. Kushner and Prince Mohammed have continued to chat informally. According to the Saudi, Mr. Kushner has offered the crown prince advice about how to weather the storm, urging him to resolve his conflicts around the region and avoid further embarrassments.