February 22, 2018

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner get rabbinical approval to fly on Jewish Sabbath

20 May 2017, 09:30 | Melvin Schneider

Initially, The Washington Post reported that the investigation "has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest".

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.

But the other official, senior adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, is the only one of the three to work in the White House.

During the 2016 campaign, Kushner also broke Shabbat during the worst crisis to engulf Trump. The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, the people said. "It's more normal for them than any previous administration".

This week, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named a special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, which came after growing bipartisan pressure for a special counsel to lead the investigation.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will be flying aboard Air Force One to Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump on Friday, after receiving a rabbinical dispensation to travel on the Jewish Sabbath, according to a White House official.

So in an unorthodox move, Kushner phoned Marillyn Hewson, the chief executive of Lockheed Martin, which manufactures THAAD, and asked her if her company could lower the cost of the antimissile system.

The 36-year-old commercial real estate magnate started building a relationship with members of the Saudi royal family shortly after the election, a source told CNN, and was on hand when Trump hosted the deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in March.

During his meeting with the Saudi delegation on May 1, Kushner gave a strategic overview of the Saudi-American relationship, the Times reported citing an agenda.

There was also a report this week from the Wall Street Journal that Kushner met with the CEO of a Russian bank under US sanctions, a bank that helped finance the construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto. And it appears Jared Kushner has the CEO's number.

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