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$110 billion weapons sale to Saudis has Jared Kushner's personal touch

Mr. Kushner began building ties to members of the Saudi royal family during the transition

Mark Lander Eric Schmitt Matt Apuzzo | NYT 

On the afternoon of May 1, President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, welcomed a high-level delegation of Saudis to a gilded reception room next door to the White House and delivered a brisk pep talk: “Let’s get this done today.” Mr Kushner was referring to a $100 billion-plus arms deal that the administration hoped to seal with Saudi Arabia in time to announce it during Mr Trump’s visit to the kingdom this weekend. The two sides discussed a shopping list that included planes, ships and precision-guided bombs. Then an American official raised the idea ...

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 14:32 IST