Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has reportedly maintained close ties to Jared Kushner, while Kushner was working in the White House, as well as communicating with father-in-law U.S. President Donald Trump.
But now a direct pipeline has been established between the Oval Office and the office of Rupert Murdoch, the Australian-born billionaire who founded News Corp and 21st Century Fox. Multiple sources told me that Murdoch and Trump often talk on the phone. A former aide to Trump, who has been in the Oval Office when Murdoch has called, says, “It’s two men who’ve known each other for a very long time having frank conversations.
The story primarily centers around a multi-billion dollar deal Trump allegedly tried to sink, regarding a merger between AT&T and Time Warner—by ordering then-Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn to pressure the Department of Justice into intervening.
It also touches on the close relationship Fox News has with the Trump administration, which includes current and former staffers such as Ben Carson, Heather Nauert, John Bolton and K. T. McFarland.
However, the much more important revelation in this story that has gone unmentioned by the media, is the fact that Kushner was regularly corresponding with a Genie Energy board member while in office—a company whose interests depend on what happens in Syria and particularly to its government.
Kushner and wife Ivanka played a role in getting Trump to bomb the country.
Murdoch may be even closer to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Well-informed sources say that Kushner, an increasingly valued White House adviser, has worked hard to win over Murdoch, showing him respect and asking him for advice. Kushner has regularly assured Murdoch that the White House is a smooth-running operation, despite many reports suggesting that it is chaotic. Kushner now has an almost filial status with Murdoch, who turns eighty-eight this month, and numerous sources told me that they communicate frequently. “Like, every day,” one said.
As Anime Right News first reported, Genie Energy was directly involved in the Trump administration and the presidential transition team—particularly through Kushner confidant Ira Greenstein. Greenstein oversaw ambassadorial, national security and U.S. State Department appointments.
Genie Energy, an energy corporation backed by the Israeli government, is involved in drilling for oil and water in the Golan Heights. While Greenstein was still in the White House, the State Department clarified that the U.S. does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which also conflicts with recent attempts.
This is, of course, a problem—since it means the White House not only benefited from bombing Syria but went against U.S. policy in doing so. For nearly two years, this blatant discrepancy has gone unaddressed, while the media and “Resistance” overwhelmingly supported Trump when he bombed Syria. Take note of that.
Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) of Genie Energy.
By the time Trump was elected, Murdoch had adeptly improved ties with him. In the summer of 2016, he and his fourth wife, Jerry Hall, joined Trump for a visit to Trump’s golf club in Scotland. Murdoch appears to have been wise in securing a rapprochement. Telecommunications is a highly regulated industry, and under Trump the government has consistently furthered Murdoch’s business interests, to the detriment of his rivals. Hundt, the former F.C.C. chairman, told me that “there have been three moves that have taken place in the regulatory and antitrust world” involving telecommunications “that are extremely unusual, and the only way to explain them is that they’re pro-Fox, pro-Fox, and pro-Fox.”
Despite the story focusing on three large telecommunications deals, it does not mention Greenstein or Kushner’s connection to Straight Path Communications, a holding company that was squatting on spectrum licensing for 5G. Its sale to Verizon Communications under the Trump administration has led to a situation where Israeli intelligence is developing the technology, while subverting competitors such as Huawei, even if IDT is simultaneously meeting with them.
Kushner must go!