This might not have been the story that they wanted, but here it is nonetheless.
Journalists were literally chased out of a Chinese ballroom where representatives of the Kushner family were hosting a Saturday meeting with prospective Chinese investors.
The pitch was that if these investors poured money into a certain Kushner family project, then they could have a chance to immigrate to the United States under a program known as the “golden visa” program.
The Department of Homeland Security website describes the golden visa, or EB-5, program as allowing “entrepreneurs (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21)” to apply for a permanent residence granting green card if they “make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States, and plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.”
The Kushner family project that is open to investors seeking to gain inroads on their immigration to the United States is a real estate project in New Jersey that will allegedly create some 6,000 jobs and is notably close to Manhattan.
The Saturday event seeking to lure investors for this project was hosted, according to the Washington Post, by the Chinese company Qiaowai, which “connects U.S. companies with Chinese investors.” The newspaper says that a tagline on the brochure for the event read: “Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States.”
It’s one of the Washington Post’s own reporters that was chased out of the ballroom where this event was being held. Other reporters were apparently also antagonized by event organizers, with them even getting physical at one point and grabbing a reporter’s phone and backpack in an effort to get them to leave the room.
After the event was over, organizers surrounded event attendees as they exited the premises in an effort to keep them from talking to reporters, although at least one person managed to get in an interview anyway.
Chinese investor Wang Yun told reporters that, although there was no apparent explicit reference to Trump at the event, the Kushner family’s relationship to the President — Jared is married to Donald’s daughter Ivanka — definitely weighed on the goings-on.
‘Even though this is the project of the son-in-law’s family, of course it is still affiliated… We heard that there are rumors that he is the most likely to be impeached president in American history. That’s why I doubt this project.’
Another catch to the event is that the future of the “golden visa” program has become uncertain with the exceptionally tight approach to immigration policy on the part of the Trump administration. Attendees of the Saturday event were apparently told that they should invest as soon as possible in order to get in under the current regulations.
The treatment of reporters at the event is definitely bizarre, although it’s also not surprising. Jared Kushner — and his wife Ivanka — both maintain business ties to China. Ivanka’s brand suspiciously even won “lucrative” Chinese trademarks on the same day that she and her father, among others, dined with Chinese governmental leadership.
So, will we ever know what in particular that the Kushner family and their associates were trying to hide in the Saturday meeting in Beijing?
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