New York — In March 2016, as the US foreign policy establishment shunned presidential candidate Donald Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner was invited to a lunch for a think-tank urging engagement with Russia. The meeting at Manhattan’s Time Warner Center, which hasn’t been reported before, would prove significant for the Center for the National Interest and Kushner, who was still a little-known figure in the Trump campaign. The main attraction of the March 14 2016 event was Henry Kissinger, the honorary chairman of the Center for the National Interest, who gave a talk that included analysing US-Russia relations for a small group of attendees. Kushner, who remained quiet and unobtrusive during the lunch, introduced himself to Kissinger afterwards. He also met Dimitri Simes, the longtime president of the Center for the National Interest and publisher of its magazine, The National Interest. Questions have recently been raised about the organisation for its board members’ ties to Russi...

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