US officials worried China was using business interests to influence Kushner: report

US officials worried China was using business interests to influence Kushner: report
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Some U.S. intelligence officials were reportedly worried that China was trying to sway the opinions of White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Hillicon Valley: Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email for official work | White House rejects request for Trump-Putin communications | Facebook left 'hundreds of millions' of passwords unsecured | Tech pressured to root out extremism Cummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications MORE by utilizing his business interests.

The New Yorker reported Saturday that U.S. intelligence on Chinese communications indicated that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE's son-in-law and senior adviser spoke with China’s ambassador to the U.S. about both policy and business ahead of an April 2017 summit.

The report, however, said the information gathered by officials “wasn’t conclusive,” noting China may have misrepresented the talks.


“I never saw any indication that it was successful,” one former senior U.S. official told The New Yorker, discussing China’s attempts.

Still, the report noted that the intelligence on Chinese communications raised concerns that Beijing might be trying to capitalize on Kushner's relationship with President Trump.

A spokesman for Kushner in a statement to the magazine denied that the president’s son-in-law talked to foreign officials about “personal or family business.”

“There was never a time—never—that Mr. Kushner spoke to any foreign officials, in the campaign, transition, and in the Administration, about any personal or family business. He was scrupulous in this regard,” the spokesman said.