As you’ll likely recall from the viral photo that circulated during the presidential election of Ivanka Trump and Wendi Deng Murdoch – the alleged mistress of Russian President Vladimir Putin and ex-wife of Fox News boss Rupert Murdoch – , they were spotted vacationing together, which took place just as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman was being exposed as a paid foreign agent.
You haven’t heard much about the story of Ivanka and Wendi hanging out since, but it just came back into the spotlight and has turned into a scandal for both Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
In the early part of 2017, U.S. counterintelligence officials previously warned Jared Kushner that Wendi Deng Murdoch was acting as an agent for the Chinese government and abusing her friendship with Ivanka and Jared to do China’s bidding, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The report, combined with previous stories, shows there could have been some manipulation on the part of Murdoch on behalf of a foreign government.
CNN points out, The report said officials were concerned that Murdoch, a Chinese-American businesswoman and a US citizen, might seek to help the Chinese government and was lobbying for a $100 million China-funded garden project at the National Arboretum in Washington. The report also noted such warnings are not unusual and that this one was meant to make sure Kushner knew to be aware of people promoting interests at odds with the
A spokesman for Murdoch told the Journal that she “has no knowledge of any FBI concerns or other intelligence agency concerns relating to her or her associations” and no knowledge of Chinese government-funded garden projects.
This brings Ivanka Trump’s relationship with Wendi Deng Murdoch into new light of questioning, particularly since it happened during the election. The trip in question is unusual, and in light of this new information from the Wall Street Journal, i probably should have received more attention at the time.
This also means that Jared Kushner is facing more scrutiny regarding China. He’s already in hot water after allegedly promising visas in exchange for real estate business.
Wendi Deng Murdock is more wrapped up in this than we previously thought and this relationship with Ivanka and Jared needs to be properly investigated.