Kushner warned about Wendi Deng Murdoch

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The Wall Street Journal, refering to "individuals acquainted with the issue", additionally said concerns were raised that the previous spouse of media big shot Rupert Murdoch could be campaigning for a Beijing-supported development venture in Washington that had been considered a security hazard.

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 US officials deemed a national security risk. The garden was planned to be built less than five miles from both the Capitol and the White House.

Murdoch's spokesman denied any involvement in the Chinese monument project, telling TheWSJ she "has no knowledge of any Federal Bureau of Investigation concerns or other intelligence agency concerns relating to her or her associations".

A spokesperson for Trump and Kushner told the WSJ that they had known Deng Murdoch for "a decade" and assured the newspaper that their friendship was not "about China".

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 US counterparts whether the alleged relationship could be cause for concern, this person said. He also said she "has absolutely no knowledge of any garden projects funded by the Chinese government".

The meeting where the intelligence officers briefed Jared Kushner was described as a "routine senior staff security briefing". But she still uses her married name.

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The friend, Wendi Deng Murdoch, a Chinese-American who kept her surname after being married to the media mogul Rupert Murdoch for 14 years, is a prominent businesswoman.

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

Who is Wendi Deng Murdoch?

China, a political adversary to the United States and a rising world power, stands accused by the USA of forcing foreign firms to hand over technology and of protectionist practices that disproportionately favor Chinese companies.

In November 2000 the Journal published an investigation into Wendi Murdochthat claimed an Californian couple sponsored her application for a student visa in the United States, helped teach her English and gave her somewhere to stay. The agent wedded Mr Murdoch in 1999 and the Australian big shot petitioned for separate in 2013. At the time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said there was reason to be watchful about Ms. Murdoch, but that they hadn't looked into her in detail, the person said.

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