Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kushner Introduced to Russian Ambassador by Think Tank Head

This is from an 11-page statement to congressional committees that Jared Kushner has released (as reported by Axios):

With respect to my contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign, there were hardly any. ... [T]he day after the election, I could not even remember the name of the Russian Ambassador. ... I sent an email asking [Dmitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest, which hosted a Trump foreign policy speech], 'What is the name of the Russian ambassador?'"

In the statement, Kushner said that Simes had done a "great job" putting the event together and said that Simes had created the guest list and extended the invitations for the event.  Kushner also said that Simes has introduced him to four ambassadors at the event, including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Here is more on that speech from a previous Think Tank Watch post.