Kushner Told to Be Wary of Wendi Deng Murdoch

US officials warned Kushner about friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch report

The concerns arose, in part, due to Ms. Murdoch (who divorced from Rupert Murdoch in 2013) lobbying for a high-profile construction project in Washington, D.C. - that would be funded by the Chinese government - with serious surveillance concerns.

The Chinese garden, which would have cost $100 million and would be located in the National Arboretum, would have included a 70-foot-tall tower that USA officials deemed a national security risk.

The garden is just a short walk from Congress and near the White House.

A spokesman for Murdoch told The Journal that she "has no knowledge of any Federal Bureau of Investigation concerns or other intelligence agency concerns relating to her or her associations".

After reports that she was romantically involved with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair while still married to Mr. Murdoch, British security officials discussed with USA counterparts whether the alleged relationship could be cause for concern, this person said. He added that she "has absolutely no knowledge of any garden projects funded by the Chinese government".

Kushner and Trump, both White House advisers, have had a close relationship with Murdoch for years, including during her marriage to Rupert Murdoch. When reports emerged that she may have been linked with Tony Blair while she was married, British security officials discussed with their United States counterparts whether they should be concerned.

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In 2016, Ivanka Trump posted several photos of the two posing together while on holiday in Croatia.

A representative for Kushner and his wife described the meeting where the concerns were raised as a "routine senior staff security briefing".

As the daughter of a factory director, Murdoch moved to the US from China to attend Yale University before returning to China to work for News Corp., where she met Murdoch. She changed her name as a teenager.

However, Marcus Brauchli, a former managing editor of the Journal, expressed doubts about the story.

The Journal has written extensively about Wendi Murdoch's background before, including before Rupert Murdoch bought the newspaper in 2007. There is a long history of Chinese-Americans being falsely accused of working for China. For as little as $3, you can help us. Shortly afterwards the Californian couple divorced and Murdoch married the husband.

The FBI said "there was motivation to be attentive" about Ms Deng, despite the fact that "they hadn't investigated her in detail", the WSJ source said.

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