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    Jared Kushner Roasted Over Gaffes in 'Delusional' Israel Embassy Opening Speech

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    While Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a White House policy adviser, took the floor at the US Embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem, Twitter most naturally turned ablaze, with many resorting to increasingly demonstrated skepticism and even outrage over the Kushner family's involvement in yet another Middle Eastern issue.

    One user emotionally remarked "Why is HE there again?" while others engaged in a debate over why Kushner nearly called Benjamin Netanyahu’s spouse by her first name, despite the event being an official ceremony:

    Most netizens rushed to speculate on the amount of money the Trump adviser’s family must have made while lobbying for the embassy move, with one being most explicit calling the story "nepotism on steroids." Another one went as far as labelled him an "unqualified stooge" with a "squeaky voice" who is a "disgrace" and a laughing stock for the American nation.

    Others indulged in a bit of sarcasm, pointing to the fact that Kushner is perhaps no one, or rather should be no one in the administration since he cannot maintain a security clearance:

    Other ceremony watchers most expectedly referred to the ongoing Palestinian crisis, saying the whole story resembles a feast at a time of plague.

    Bibi’s corruption investigation was referred to as well:

    ​Earlier in March, in the framework of the Mueller investigation, FBI officials reportedly scrutinized a series of meetings, which allegedly occurred between White House aide Jared Kushner, who had been appointed to be Trump's senior adviser on Middle East policies, and potential investors in his family's vast real-estate business.

     

    Among the business contacts several unnamed sources cited officials in Turkey and Qatar, as well as Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, MSNBC reported. Kushner's attorney and his spokesman, however, refuted the statements, saying "Mr. Kushner's role in the campaign and transition was to be a point person for completely appropriate contacts from foreign officials and he did not mix his or his former company's business in those contacts."

    Separately, contemplations are on the rise over Kusnher's deepening business ties with Israel. For instance, in January,  reports surfaced that Jared Kushner had received an investment of roughly $30 million from Menora Mivtachim, one of Israel's largest insurers, back in spring 2017, just ahead of the Trump-Kushner family's official visit to Jerusalem and shortly after Kushner took office as Trump's aide.

    In the meantime, Kushner Companies LLC is reported to be seeking over $1 billion worth of loans to pay for debt on the family's properties in New York and Chicago.

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