Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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On the afternoon of May 1, President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, welcomed a high-level delegation of Saudis to a gilded reception room next door to the White House and delivered a brisk pep talk: "Let's get this done today".

White House advisor Jared Kushner (C) looking on as President Donald Trump (R), flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2nd L), held a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 13, 2017.

Kushner reportedly shepherded the deal through personally, including making a personal phone call to Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson asking if she could cut the price, the New York Times reported.

"It's Jared Kushner", Yashar Ali of New York Magazine wrote on Twitter.

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During the meeting with the delegation, Kushner determined that cost could prohibit the Saudis from purchasing a THAAD missile defense system, which is created to shoot down intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

Trump is expected to officially unveil the deal when he arrives in Saudi Arabia on Saturday - the first stop in his 10-day trip to the Middle East. Kushner and several of Trump's other top advisers will also make the trip.

What has changed, he added, is the House of Saud is now dealing directly with a member of the Trump family.

Issues of foreign diplomacy evolved into an interagency effort once the administration began, according to a source, and Kushner's role in negotiating the arms deal was just one part of an larger effort that included the State Department, Department of Defense and National Security Council.

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Many have speculated about reports that Ivanka Trump and Kushner are a moderating influence on the president and questioned whether Trump suffers when Shabbat prevents them from being by his side.

After news broke that the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation has named a senior White House official as a person of interest, reporters are narrowing it down to two possible people: Steve Miller and Jared Kushner.

"He's continuing to work with them and facilitate an outcome".

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