Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Kushner called Lockheed CEO about $100B Saudi arms deal

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 created to shoot down ballistic missiles, The New York Times reported.

"Let's get this done today", Kushner is quoted as saying of the more than $100 billion arms deal on the table, which both sides wanted to finalize before Trump's visit to the nation this weekend as part of his first trip overseas as President.

Of course, Friday won't mark the first time Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, and Trump, her father's assistant, have bent and reshaped customs and traditions to fit their new lives in the White House; religious and otherwise.

The New York Times reports that deal includes the purchase of an expensive THAAD defense system, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

During the meeting with the delegation, Kushner determined that cost could prohibit the Saudis from purchasing a THAAD missile defense system, which is created to shoot down intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

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Kushner has been heavily involved in the preparations for President Trump's trip, especially the Saudi stop.

During last year's presidential campaign and later during the transition, Kushner was identified by Trump's team as the principal point of contact for foreign governments looking to either congratulate the new USA leader or begin diplomatic talks.

What has changed, he added, is the House of Saud is now dealing directly with a member of the Trump family.

But the scope of Kushner's influence on matters of foreign policy have remained in the spotlight through the early months of Trump's presidency. But he brings a perspective to this, and began doing that during the transition.

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