Just when we thought the web of financial conflicts in the Trump White House couldn’t get any worse, a new report on Thursday found that Jared Kushner’s position in the administration is being used by his family’s company to attract investors.
According to CNN, “Jared Kushner’s status as a top aide to President Donald Trump was used to lure Chinese investors to his family’s New Jersey development.”
More from the report:
References to Kushner are part of online promotions by two businesses that are working with Kushner Companies to find Chinese investors willing to invest in the 1 Journal Square development in exchange for a US visa.
The promotions are posted in Chinese and refer to Kushner Companies as “real estate heavyweights,” going on to mention “the celebrity of the family is 30-something ‘Mr. Perfect’ Jared Kushner, who once served as CEO of Kushner Companies.”
One posted online in May by the company US Immigration Fund, a private business based in Florida, also contains a reference to Kushner’s appearance on the cover of December’s Forbes Magazine, under the headline “This guy got Trump elected.” The post was removed shortly after CNN contacted the company for comment.
The promotions are aimed at bringing in investors who pay at least $500,000 apiece and in exchange get US visas, and potentially green cards, for themselves and their families if the development meets certain criteria. The deals are part of a legal US government program called EB-5, which grants up to 10,000 immigrant visas per year.
As CNN also noted, this news comes even after the company was forced to apologize “for mentioning his name during a sales pitch in May.”
Once again, it’s clear that Donald Trump and those in his administration (and family) are not just uninterested in separating themselves from their private businesses in order to focus on governing the country – but they are shameless in their attempts to use their positions to enrich themselves.
It’s no surprise then that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is currently investigating the Trump family finances in relation to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.