The Trump administration announced Friday that it will undo an Obama administration decision to deny copper and nickel mining permission to a company connected to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's landlord. The Obama administration cited environmental concerns when denying the permission to Chilean billionaire Andrónico Luksic to build mines near the pristine Minnesota wilderness.
In a 19-page opinion made public Friday, ahead of the Christmas holiday weekend, Daniel Jorjani, the principal deputy solicitor of the Department of Interior, said Mr. Obama’s administration acted “improperly” in not renewing two key leases for the mine adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a 1.1 million-acre tract of lakes and forest first protected by the government in 1926.
Luksic purchased the Washington D.C. home for $5.5 million just after last year's presidential election. Kushner and Trump pay $15,000 per month to rent the 6-bedroom house but say they were unaware of the landlord's connection to the mining operation.
After The Wall Street Journal published an article in March about the Kushners renting his home, Mr. Luksic tweeted in Spanish that the story was “lamentable” because the house and the mine were “two completely independent subjects.” He also tweeted: “I do not know [President] Trump or any member of his family. Four or five years ago I greeted him at the Patriots’ stadium in Boston.”