American journalist asked to leave 'Kushner family event' in China

Sister of Trump senior adviser solicits Chinese investment

Sister of Trump senior adviser solicits Chinese investment

Nicole Kushner Meyer, the sister of White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, mentioned her brother's new role in the administration during a pitch for her family's property.

Skeptics of sharply changing the program have a powerful ally in Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, where EB-5 investment is a major driver in real estate development.

On Sunday, a Kushner Companies representative sent an email to the Washington Post that said Meyer "apologizes if that mention of her brother was in any way interpreted as an attempt to lure investors".

Kushner Companies later apologized for the name drop, and said it was not meant to be an "attempt to lure investors" to one of its projects in New Jersey.

"It's incredibly stupid and highly inappropriate", said Richard Painter, the former chief White House ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush's administration, who has become a vocal critic of the Trump administration.

"In 2008, my brother Jared Kushner joined the family company as CEO, and recently moved to Washington to join the administration", Meyer said. At a Sunday presentation in Shanghai, security guards barred all media. It is thought that considering his isolationist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, Trump may decide to end the visa program.

Zhang said that she was surrounded and grabbed by the shoulder and forced to leave - but not before her phone was confiscated. They sent Kushner's own sister to China to make the pitch, seemingly to remind potential investors just how direct their pipeline to the Oval Office could be.

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"Given that President Trump and Jared Kushner refuse to divest from their vast financial holdings, the only way to eliminate this conflict is for Congress to allow the program to expire in September". Emily Rauhala is a reporter for The Washington Post who was there in the ballroom.

Kushner has previously raised $50 million from the program to help finance construction of Trump Bay Street, a 50-story apartment building in Jersey City, according to a Bloomberg report.

"Senator Schumer strongly supports bipartisan legislation that would crack down on fraud, abuse, and improper influence within the EB-5 program", said Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer. Foreigners, especially wealthy Chinese, use the visa program as an avenue to get to the United States. Kushner officials are also making more presentations next weekend in the southern cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

Trump, who advocates restrictive immigration policies, extended the EB-5 investor program without long-promised reforms as part of a massive federal spending bill.

Meyer delivered a sales presentation in Beijing urging Chinese citizens to invest in the project. The new bill, which was proposed a week before Trump's inauguration, would raise the minimum investment amount from its current $500,000 in an area with high unemployment or a rural area to $1.35 million.

The EB-5 program was created in 1990 to help stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment from foreign nationals, but detractors say it puts citizenship up for sale.

"There is much harrumphing as the Kushner companies are found to be extolling the idea of investment in the United States economy as a way to gain a residence visa for America", writesForbes contributor Tim Worstall, a fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London.