Alexi McCammond May 21, 2017
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How Jared Kushner helped secure the Saudi arms deal

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President Trump's first full day in Saudi Arabia was busy, to say the least. He participated in welcoming ceremonies and was awarded the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace. But one thing that slipped through the cracks was how Jared Kushner played an instrumental role in securing the $110 billion arms deal.

"Let's get this done today," Kushner reportedly said on May 1, per NYT, when meeting with high-level Saudi leaders near the White House to discuss the pending arms deal. He was securing a much-needed win for Trump (though he didn't know it at the time) that would come during his first overseas trip as POTUS.

Why it matters: It's further proof two things: 1. Kushner's crucial role in the WH and his involvement in making deal with foreign leaders, all to help Trump. 2. The Trump way of forgoing presidential precedent in favor of making hands-on deals, often involving family members.