Jared Kushner was warned that Wendi Deng was possibly working for China

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Did you know that Wendi Deng Murdoch – Rupert Murdoch’s third ex-wife – was the one who introduced Ivanka Trump to Jared Kushner? Wendi set them up. Ivanka and Wendi are very close and have been for years. Ivanka used to be a trustee on Wendi’s daughters’ trusts. During the campaign, Ivanka and Jared took a European vacation with their kids… and Wendi and her daughters too.

Wendi, as you probably know, is Chinese and she became a naturalized American citizen years ago. But even when she was married to Murdoch, many believed she was “running” him for the Chinese government, and the evidence for that is that Murdoch cozied up to many Beijing bureaucrats for years in an attempt to worm his way into some business deals. The whole thing was rather shady. Also shady? American counterintelligence officials warned Jared Kushner one year ago that Wendi was probably playing some kind of next-level, long-con spycraft game on behalf of the Chinese government. I sh-thole you not. You can read the full article here at the Wall Street Journal.

U.S. counterintelligence officials in early 2017 warned Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, that Wendi Deng Murdoch, a prominent Chinese-American businesswoman, could be using her close friendship with Mr. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to further the interests of the Chinese government, according to people familiar with the matter. U.S. officials have also had concerns about a counterintelligence assessment that Ms. Murdoch was lobbying for a high-profile construction project funded by the Chinese government in Washington, D.C., one of these people said.

The project, a planned $100 million Chinese garden at the National Arboretum, was deemed a national-security risk because it included a 70-foot-tall white tower that could potentially be used for surveillance, according to people familiar with the intelligence community’s deliberations over the garden. The garden was planned on one of the higher patches of land near downtown Washington, less than 5 miles from both the Capitol and the White House.

The counterintelligence officials didn’t provide Mr. Kushner with details about their assessment of Ms. Murdoch, the people familiar with the interaction said. The warning was part of an effort by national-security officials to highlight to Mr. Kushner, who was new to government, the need to be careful in his dealings with people whose interests may not align with those of the U.S., the people added. Ms. Trump, who in late March announced she would take a formal White House role, wasn’t present for the counterintelligence warning. Neither Ms. Murdoch, Mr. Kushner nor Ms. Trump has been accused of any wrongdoing.

It is common for counterintelligence officials to warn senior members of a new administration about interactions with people with foreign connections, and such briefings sometimes refer to specific people, according to people familiar with the protocols.

A spokesman for Ms. Murdoch said she “has no knowledge of any FBI concerns or other intelligence agency concerns relating to her or her associations.” He added that she “has absolutely no knowledge of any garden projects funded by the Chinese government.”

[From WSJ]

I mean… Wendi was trying to help the Chinese government get permits to build a NOT AT ALL SUSPICIOUS WHITE TOWER on a hill in Washington, DC because… Chinese gardening and everything is completely innocent, how dare you. Honestly, it’s almost a relief to think that China was really working this hard to manipulate Jared and Ivanka. As the Russian government proved over and over again, this kind of effort was so unnecessary. All the Chinese needed to do to win over the Trump family was email Don Jr a few times with promises of a cache of Hillary Clinton’s But Her Emails. Don Jr would have given China whatever they wanted.

Also, this is a true story: despite her denials, many people believe that Wendi was dating Vladimir Putin or they were close friends in some sketchy way. It’s also possible that Wendi is some kind of double-agent or triple-agent, working for both China and Russian interests. Hm.

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  1. Me says:

    Good god it gets worse every day

  2. A.Key says:

    Brilliant, I’m actually rooting for Wendi in this one.

    • vanna says:

      Right?! She’s fascinating. Dangerous and ruthless too I’m sure but I still root for her for whatever reason. Lady is a master manipulator.

    • Parigo says:

      She’s fascinating, but I’m certainly not rooting for her. I believe she mostly worked for Russian interests and was getting down with the Putin and that she cheated on Murdoch with Tony Blair.

      Would make a great subject for a movie one day.

      • vanna says:

        Rooting for her is the wrong term I guess. I don’t view her as a spy, more like a single-minded person that is always out for her own best interest. I know she’s spineless and I def. think less of her for hanging with the Trumps, but I can’t hate on her ambition.

    • anon says:

      rooting for a chinese spy? how much do you hate the us and the west????

      • FLORC says:

        This whole thing is a reality many process as a movie. Because how is it happening in a logical world. Given the players, I’ll root for her too. Not to take down my country, but to take down those in charge. As long as trumps are at the top … it’s bad.

      • vanna says:

        I definitely chose the wrong term, sorry ! I am not rooting for her as a spy – I just admire her ambition and determination to play ball with the top political league. I am quite fond of the west and by default the US

      • Milla says:

        This made me lol.

        Also, just few days ago 45 mentioned how Murdoch was attacked by the same writer…

      • Jenny says:

        Why are people so sure she’s a spy? I thought that accusation originated with her ex-husband? I don’t know anything about her so I don’t know whether she is a spy or not but if the accusation originates with her ex (as I read somewhere the other day) then I feel less inclined to believe it.

    • Reef says:

      Patiently waiting on her biopic.

    • SlightlyAnonny says:

      Yes. I kinda love Wendi since she slapped that person at Rupert’s London trial. Wendi is a boss and great what she does and 1000% a triple agent.

      This whole thing is bringing out the worst in me as it makes me realize how much I empathize/respect the villians. The real villians, not the numbskulls in the White House. It hit me this weekend, that I am not positive if Russia sabotaged the election only because I think Putin is too smart for that bush league nonsense. Literally, I think the man is too good at being evil to involve himself with these keystone cop shenanigans.

      • Dita von Katzhausen says:

        I think, he probably thought, that it could have been an easy thing, but the Trumptards just messed it all up with their sloppiness.

  3. Danielle says:

    Does anyone remember that their was talk about Wendy and Tony Blair? It was all very strange and the story went away very quickly.

    • equalitygadfly says:


    • LAK says:

      It went away quickly because Murdoch owns many media outlets worldwide.

      However, he used it to chuck Wendy quickly so there is that.

    • Mumbles says:

      I’d imagine some MI6 folks had a quiet word with Mr. Blair.

      Wendi came to the US as a high school exchange student. By the end of the year the couple who had taken her in was splitsville and she was living with the husband. Girl has been a piece of work since she was a teenager.

      • ElleC says:

        O. M. G. Not wanting to side with the bad guys, here, but I’d devour her unabridged life story…

      • holly hobby says:

        Yep read that Vanity Fair article. Very interesting. OMG Ivanka’s old face in the photo. She looks just like the orange pere.

  4. Lucy says:

    Why do all these people look so…evil? How?

    • Tate says:

      Because they are.

      • Saras says:

        Evil and treasonous. When all of this comes out and 60+ inditements are unsealed we will realize we are the marks of the most successful espionage/ election tampering in history. Half of GOP are retiring / not seeking re election or fighting on behalf of Trump to discredit investigators. You don’t have to be a stable genius to see what’s happening. The clean are jumping ship so they can come back later and dirty are going all in to defend themselves and dear leader.

      • CooCooCatchoo says:

        JKush looks like President Damian Thorne in “Omen II.”

  5. lightpurple says:

    Silly intelligence agencies. Princess Nagini and Tom Riddle would be thrilled if Wendi were working for the Chinese government. Just think how she could help them obtain all sorts of rights and licenses for their businesses!

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Probably already happened at least for Ivanka.

    • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

      Exactly. China doesn’t need a secret agent to get these two. They would literally give up their fisr born for licensing.

      • lightpurple says:

        They pretty much have offered her since they keep shoving her in front of Xi Jinping to sing and recite poetry.

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        Gross, just gross. That poor girl.

      • ElleC says:

        Is it just me or do evil folk really dig maudlin musical displays by children? Like name a bad dude and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t just endure or indulge, but actually enjoys and PREFERS the atonal lisping of flower-crowned tots. What gives?

      • Lady D says:

        …maybe it’s a desperate desire to remember what innocence was? It’s as close as they’re ever going to get again.

    • Bess says:

      Kushner’s sister was promising Chinese investors green cards if they invested in a real estate deal of the family’s.

      The entire Trump administration is one giant conflict of interest.

  6. Alexandria says:

    Would not be surprised about Deng.

  7. Esmom says:

    What a tangled, creepy web of creepy people I’m happy I’ve never had the misfortune to encounter. And Kaiser, LMAO off at “I sh^thole you not.”

  8. Sisi says:

    Idk man. Maddow made an interesting point that this story comes from WSJ aka Murdochs own paper, so Deng’s ex-husbands paper, and that makes it kinda weird to take at face value. What is the motive of publishing this here and now, since all parties are sketchy as hell?

    Eyebrow raising to say the least, and
    the politics behind ithe publication are perhaps more interesting than the content of the article itself.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Depends on whether the sources chose the WSJ for this leak knowing Murdoch might be open to this particular story for personal reasons.

      Deng set them up and didn’t Murdoch get them back together for the final match?

    • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

      Yeah I don’t buy it. I think she’s just a smart and fascinating lady that certain men in power have issues with because she ruthlessly goes after what she wants. That’s supposed to be a male trait and they keep looking for the “man” behind the curtains manipulating her strings. But there is no man, it’s all her bitches!!! Go Wendy.

      • OriginalLala says:

        do some reading on Wendy Deng, she is a horrid person – I don’t know why you would cheer her on. It’s not hard to find the many lawsuits her household staff filed against her for the awful working conditions they endured.

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        I know Wendy Dang is a horrible human being. She betrayed and abused lots of people in her climb and is horrid to peasants like us and her housekeeper. I’m cheering her manipulation of men far more dangerous and distructive to the global order like Putin and Murdoch. In the battle of the deplorables I did it funny that people think Wendy Dang would be someone’s lackey.

      • kiko says:

        No need to think of Deng as a lackey or as a submissive honeypot spy. “Cooperation” with chinese business projects and perhaps with government-supported business projects are sufficient for giving Kushner and Trumps a warning about Deng. And yes, Kushner and Trumps need such warnings.

        Honestly when Deng married Murdoch she became an interesting potential contact for chinese businessmen, chinese government and chinese secret services.

        Please let some serious newspapers do some serious research on the filthy rich. May Deng just be the start.

    • swak says:

      Isn’t Murdoch pro-Trump and also the WSJ? So why would he want this printed? Just wondering.

      • Sisi says:

        Yes swak that’s what is so confusing and interesting imo too
        Very conflicting rationales going on with this

      • kiko says:

        Revenge? Deng cheated on Murdoch with some high profile men (e.g. Blair, then British Prime Minister) but lesser man than Murdoch. Blair was known as Murdoch’s lackey.

        Warning to Deng? Whatever plans she had she just received a warning from Murdoch? Or from other people who asked Murdoch to deliver a warning and he didn’t mind?

        Fake news whose purpose is to confuse people?

        Painting Kushner and Trump as stupid? Certainly such a story forces Kushner and Trump to reduce their contact time to Deng for a while.

  9. Des says:

    I just want there to be some investigative reporting on Wendi so we can all wallow in the gossip that Murdoch has somehow wiped off the face of the earth – there’s her fantasies about (affair with?) Tony Blair who was her ancient husband’s best mate, the way she got with Murdoch and how his entire family hates her, Putin, her boytoys, her extensive celebrity network… SO MANY AMAZING THINGS. I will laugh and laugh as Serious Newspapers delve into these things.

    The gossip. Give me it.

  10. RBC says:

    Did she throw water or food at someone that insulted her then husband Rupert?

    • AideVee says:

      Yes she did, I remember this! It was when Rupert was testifying in front of a commons select committee, I think. Some man came in to stage a protest and she just stood up and lobbed something straight at him. I can’t remember if it was water or an actual foodstuff but everyone in the room was properly aghast.

  11. Eric says:

    Everyone in the administration and everyone one they know are shitholes or shithouses.

    Take yer pick

    • boredblond says:

      But considering they’re individuals, don’t you think ‘shithead’ or perhaps ‘shitface’ might add a personal touch?

  12. Amy Tennant says:

    I wish I found this stuff hilarious. It’s scary to me.

  13. Lindy says:

    For everyone celebrating this woman for being ruthless and powerful, please go read about how she was sued for the slave conditions in which she kept her daughters’ nanny, how she treats her household help, and the way she homewrecked her way into Murdoch’s life and treated his adult kids from his previous marriage. Seriously, that kind of ruthlessness is not something to cheer for. Just because a woman behaves exactly like a power-loving and abusive man doesn’t make that behavior something to cheer for. She got where she is by damaging those with less.

    • Amy Tennant says:

      If she were fictional, she’d be an awesome character, I admit

    • CynicalAnn says:

      She is one f-ing scary woman. I don’t find her remotely hilarious or worth celebrating.

    • Snowflake says:

      Yeah, obviously a lot of people on here don’t know her background.

    • HK9 says:

      Wendy is a dangerous woman and you can’t live that way forever without the karma wheel coming to get you. Her day will come, and when it does it will be epic.

      • kiko says:

        I hope that that will happen. What she did to that american family who helped her is just disgusting.
        She is a charmer and can twist people around her little finger easily.

        See my comment to #15

      • holly hobby says:

        Yep it will come back and bite her in the ass one day. Totally believe it. Look how Madame Mao (Mao’s tacky mistress/pseudo wife) ended up.

    • Stella Alpina says:

      Thank you. I don’t get why some people here admire her immoral ruthlessness. Wendi Deng is a straight-up snake in the grass manipulator, gold digger, and career homewrecker. She’s worse than Ivanka because she’s also clever. It’s one thing to admire someone for her ambition and focus, but this person has no problem hurting people on her way up the ladder. She is scum dressed up in expensive clothes.

    • Liberty says:

      @Lindy, I agree with everything you said her. People don’t seem to know her, or what they are “rooting for” here.

  14. LAK says:

    Considering how convinced the world that she was dating Putin, i’m surprised she is being accused of being a Chinese agent, but not a Russian one. Moreover one with a direct connection to Putin as opposed to intermediaries!!!

    Taking that thought further, it’s a quicker, more direct connection to Putin than all these other people working to bring them together.

  15. Bros says:

    Remember when they were trying to ask Michael Cohen if he had been to Prague to meet up with some Russians during the election and he said he hadn’t, although he was in Europe at the time, they just couldnt prove he was there in june/July, and then I saw Ivanka had gone to Prague and met up with Deng during the exact time frame in question. I thought hmmmm, cause at the time deng was dating putin. Deng hangs out with all the shady Levievs and the central asian/israeli real estate mafia that are in the news re: Trump real estate shadiness. It’s all over instagram.

    • kiko says:

      Well, Deng is Rupert Murdoch’s ex wife and also had a “stellar” first marriage: she was an au pair or nanny for a US american family and then she was the homewrecker and married the Daddy. As soon as she had her permits and university degree she divorced him.


      It was there that she met an American woman, Joyce Cherry, who taught her English and became a friend. When Mrs Cherry and her husband, Jake, returned to the US, they obtained permission for Ms Deng to accompany them and to continue her studies at California State University. Not long after arriving in Los Angeles, however, Mrs Cherry discovered that Jake and the teenage Wendi were having an affair. The Cherrys divorced. Ms Deng and Jake married. By the time it ended, just four months later, Ms Deng had decided to stay in the US.

  16. Hum says:

    I thought that secret agent was pointless at this point, just shake something shinny in front of them and they will be ready to go.

    • Ankhel says:

      All the chinese have to do is send half a dozen gold plated, customized (ho hum) lap tops to the Trumps, and wait for them to start using them at work. You know at least two or three of them would.

      The whole “enormous white tower with flowers” gift is hilarious though. Reminds me of those 90′s spy parody movies where a boquet “from an admirer” has a daffodil that moves like a periscope.

  17. Svea says:

    My regret is that she moved in on Geffen when he lost Nora Ephron as a best friend. No comparison.

  18. Lila says:

    I don’t think Rupert Murdoch is happy about Trump calling the WSJ “fake news” this weekend. I suspect this article serves as a warning.

  19. Dana_Porter says:

    Lainey has been on this story for at least a year.

  20. LInny says:

    You couldn’t make this stuff up. It’s getting worse by the day.

  21. NicoleinSavannah,GA says:

    Deng scares the SHIT out of me.

  22. TheOtherOne says:

    Isn’t she godmother to Hugh Jackman’s kid? I remember reading that she is close to Hugh and his wife Debra.

  23. Veronica says:

    I remember reading Wendi’s bio one day and thinking to myself, “She sounds like a honeypot.” Didn’t realize that would be so close the truth, lol.

  24. Dorky says:

    The reason Deng so quickly and effortlessly smacked the sht out of the custard pie thrower is that she was a star volleyball player as a teen and in college. And you know: being a scary-a55 btch contributes to the speed and follow-through. LOL

  25. Dorky says:

    An observation as I look at those photos: I’m willing to bet money that Jared was dreaming of having Deng dominate him in the sack. LOL He seems WAY more interested in her than in Ivanka.

    • CooCooCatchoo says:

      I picture him as having no genitals, though. Just a smooth bump where the peen should be, like a Ken doll.

  26. kiko says:

    Don’t shoot down such suspicions too quickly. I would like to see the evidence.

    There are a few high society women in Europe (London) who are known to have ties to their home countries and who are known to do questionable deals.

    ==> Ashkenazi had an extramarital affair with billionaire Timur Kulibayev, the son-in-law of the president of Kazakhstan.[3][10] She and Kulibayev have two sons: Adam, born in 2007 and Alan, born in 2012.

  27. Truthie says:

    If the consequences were not so dire I would say to cue up the Benny Hill theme song…

  28. HoustonGrl says:

    This is some dirty business.

  29. Betsy says:

    And the GOP is silent.

  30. moo says:

    He looks prettier than Ivanka….

  31. justwastingtime says:

    Go figure, I always suspected that Wendi “Putin’s best girl” Deng was working for Russia or maybe just for herself. I can’t think of another person who could go from Murdoch to someone both richer and more evil…

  32. adastraperaspera says:

    Deng is absolutely not getting access to these corridors of power on her own, and she never has. That is implausible. She’s working for someone, and we’ll find out who in the testimony of Jared and Ivanka’s trials. The lid is off of a ruthless, worldwide criminal complex, and Trump gaining power is one terrible glimpse of our future if we do not shut these people down. The story ran in Murdock’s WSJ as a warning that the Mudock’s have power, and they are scrambling to avoid going down when all this corruption is exposed.