In a train wreck interview that aired on Sunday night, White House adviser Jared Kushner stumbled his way through a series of questions that included topics such as President Donald Trump‘s racism, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
Kushner frequently dodged questions during the interview. During one moment, he seemed unsure how he would respond if the Russians reached out to him offering assistance.
Speaking to Axios’ Jonathan Swan, Kushner said that “the email that I got on my iPhone at the time basically said ‘show up at four.'” Swan pointed out that “Russia” was in the subject line.
“I literally saw ‘show up at four,'” Kushner responded.
Swan then asked Kushner if he would call the FBI if another overture was made.
“I don’t know, it’s hard to do hypotheticals, but the reality is that we were not given anything that was salacious,” Kushner said.
Here’s a clip of that exchange:
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Kushner has been one of the more secretive members of the Trump administration. Despite being one of the president’s senior advisers, he rarely speaks publicly — which made the Axios interview even more enticing.
Additionally, Kushner drew scrutiny for his security clearance. Trump reportedly personally demanded that Kushner be granted top-level clearance despite the concerns of the intelligence community. And the president’s son-in-law was also caught in many mistakes and omissions on his security clearance forms, so much so that he had to make several amendments to those forms to include contacts with foreign officials.
The Saudi Arabians famously courted Kushner extensively before he entered the White House, and the nation has seemed to be in the good graces of the Trump administration. There was no repercussion to the killing of a Washington Post journalist, and Trump inked a massive arms deal with the Saudis. The president’s first foreign visit as president — back in March 2017 — was also to Saudi Arabia.