Officials Warned Jared Kushner About Friendship With Wendi Deng Murdoch

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Concerns were raised by USA officials about a counter-intelligence assessment that Murdoch was lobbying for a high-profile construction project in Washington funded by the Chinese government, anonymous sources told the U.S. paper.

Counter-intelligence officials aren't only anxious about Deng Murdoch's connection to China's business community.

Shortly after arriving at the White House, the intel community warned Jared Kushner that one of his close friends might attempt to influence him on behalf of a geopolitical foe of the US.

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Entrepreneur and socialite Ivanka Trump, businessman Jared Kushner and Wendi Murdoch attend the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection Launch Benefitting The United Nations Foundation at Trump Park Avenue on March 1, 2010 in New York City. The garden was planned to be built less than five miles from both the Capitol and the White House.

The Chinese garden, which would have cost $100 million and would be located in the National Arboretum, would have included a 70-foot-tall tower that USA officials deemed a national security risk.

At a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefing today, a spokesperson failed to answer a question about Deng Murdoch, instead saying "certain people in the U.S. should stop creating problems when none exists", CNN reports. "We do not want relevant parties to make trouble in the pragmatic cooperation between China and the US", Lu said. American intel officials wouldn't offer a specific briefing without more solid concerns than what we see here, so we can suspect that there's more to the story than the WSJ got. In 2016, Ivanka Trump posted several photos of Murdoch on her Instagram account, including an image of the two traveling together in Croatia.

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According to a source quoted in the Journal's article, Murdoch has surfaced on the radar of counter-intelligence services before. Regardless she utilizes her wedded name.

As the daughter of a factory director, Murdoch moved to the USA from China to attend Yale University before returning to China to work for News Corp., where she met Murdoch. The media tycoon married the then Wendi Deng in 1999; they divorced in 2013.

Ms Deng and Mr Kushner were not accused of any wrongdoing in the report from the WSJ, which is published by News Corp, the vast media empire chaired by Rupert Murdoch. "I'd warrant Trump does more for Russian Federation than Wendi ever did for China".

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