After helping prince’s rise, Trump and Kushner benefit from Saudi funds

February 12, 2023

Retired military personnel are required under ethics rules to obtain approval to work for foreign governments like Saudi Arabia. © Evan Vucci/AP Kushner with his wife, Ivanka Trump, at the Royal Court Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2017. That same month, Kushner asked Trump to make Saudi Arabia the site of his first foreign trip. As Kushner continued to push, he wrote, Trump told him, “Jared, read my lips: we’re not going to Saudi Arabia. Biden, who vowed during his 2020 campaign to make Saudi Arabia “the pariah that they are” over Khashoggi’s murder, traveled to Saudi Arabia in July and fist-bumped Mohammed.