Oct 22, 2018

Kushner says he discussed Khashoggi case with Saudi crown prince

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Asked by CNN's Van Jones what his personal advice has been to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the Jamal Khashoggi situation, White House adviser Jared Kushner answered: "Just to be transparent. To be fully transparent. The world is watching."

Why it matters: Kushner's close relationship with the crown prince has come under scrutiny amid the fallout over Khashoggi's death in a Saudi consulate. In his first public comments since the crisis unfolded, Kushner insisted that the administration is still in the "fact-finding phase" and will determine how to proceed once all the information has been gathered. He suggested that the U.S.-Saudi alliance would outlast the current crisis, however, saying, “We have to be able to work with our allies, and Saudi Arabia has been a very strong ally” on Iran and counterterrorism.

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