If you’re Jared Kushner and you’ve just lost your top security clearance while also getting caught having traded White House favors for massive personal loans, you’d think maybe you’d want to lay low for a bit? As it turns out, no. Instead of waiting for the smoke to clear, Kushner is instead making one of his most bizarre moves yet: a “diplomatic” trip to Mexico. It’s already gone off the rails, and it raises new questions about just what he’s doing down there.
Before we go any further, we already know what some of you are thinking. No, Jared Kushner didn’t flee to Mexico to try to avoid getting arrested by Robert Mueller. He wouldn’t be holding diplomatic meetings in plain sight if he were, and besides, Mexico has an extradition treaty with the United States. If Kushner ever does decide to flee, he’ll have to be more creative than that. In fact he doesn’t even seem to know how to make his Mexico trip look legitimate.
Kushner didn’t bother to invite the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to his (supposed) diplomatic meetings with Mexican government officials, according to the New York Times (link). In fairness to Kushner, he’s so stupid when it comes to how politics works, it’s possible he simply didn’t understand that of course he was supposed to invite the Ambassador. But considering the circumstances, you have to ask what Kushner might be trying to hide.
Just days after it was reported that Robert Mueller is in the process of nailing Jared Kushner for running White House pay-to-play schemes with everyone from American businessmen to the government of United Arab Emirates, suddenly Kushner is meeting with Mexican government officials and he’s keeping the relevant U.S. official out of the room. Is Kushner trying to score one last personal payday before he gets indicted?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report