May 18, 2018

How to win sympathy from Trump

Newsweek - Qatar bought a $6.5 million apartment in a Donald Trump tower in New York City possibly to get back in the president’s “good graces,” a watchdog suing Trump alleges. The speculation comes because the purchase happened after Qatar’s government declined to invest in real estate owned by Jared Kushner's family, and his subsequent backing of a blockade against Qatar.

Kushner’s family business, Kushner Cos., reportedly sought financing from the Qatari government for its troubled New York City property in April 2017, but no deal transpired. A month later, Kushner and the White House supported a Qatar blockade organized by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that shifted alliances in the region, aligning Qatar closer to Iran and Turkey.

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