Acclaimed rapper Kanye West said that former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner brokered the Abraham Accords peace agreements between Israel and several Arab nations in order “to make money.”
The comments were made during an interview Thursday with Fox News host Tucker Carlson during which West — who now goes by Ye — directed a larger part of his criticism toward Kushner’s brother, Josh.
West recalled a dinner he had with the Kushner brothers along with Jared’s wife Ivanka after which he learned that Josh had 10 percent ownership in the SKIMS shapewear clothing line the rapper created with his now-ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
“F**K JOSH KUSHNER,” West wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post hours before the Fox News interview.
““WHAT IF I HAD 10% OF KARLIE KLOSS UNDERWEAR LINE WITHOUT YOU KNOWING AND YOU ONLY HAD 5%,” he added, referring to Kushner’s wife.
“After talking to them, and really sitting with Jared and sitting with Josh… I was like, ‘Wow, these guys have really been holding [former US president Donald] Trump back and being very much a handler,'” West told Fox News as he reflected on his relationship with the Kushners.
Not so long ago, the rapper’s relationship with Trump’s son-in was believed to have been a close one. They were spotted having dinner together as recently as this past January.
While their friendship has apparently become strained since, West made clear that he still thinks very highly of Ivanka Trump. Among the reasons the rapper gave for why he has been a fan of the former president, West said, “he made Ivanka.”
As for Jared and Josh Kushner, West said, “they love to just look at me or look at Trump like we’re so crazy and that they’re the businessman.”
Mocking those who say that Jared doesn’t get enough credit for his work in the previous administration, West began referencing the Abraham Accords.
“You know, he made these peace treaties,” he began. “I just think it was to make money.”
“I just think that that’s what they’re about is making money. I don’t think that they have the ability to make anything on their own. I think they’re born into money,” West continued, apparently referencing both Kushners, whose father is a real estate developer. “And it makes me feel like they weren’t serving my boy Trump the way they could’ve.”
Kushner has come under scrutiny from Democrats over the investment fund he set up after leaving the White House which accepted $2 billion from the Saudi Public Investment Fund controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Kushner and the crown prince forged a close relationship while Trump was in office.
Bin Salman is believed to have been more open to the Abraham Accords than other officials in the Saudi kingdom. Analysts say that Bahrain would not have agreed to normalize relations with Israel in 2020 along with the UAE without a green light from Riyadh.
On Friday, West sparked another controversy when he posted a series of text messages he said he had exchanged with hip-hop star Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy or Diddy.
In one of the messages, West said, “Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.” West captioned the Instagram post “Jesus is Jew.”
The statement was part of an argument between the two about West wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt at a Paris fashion show. The controversial slogan has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as a “white supremacist phrase.”
It wasn’t clear who West was referring to in the message, but it appeared to be separate from the Kushner controversy.
The American Jewish Committee said in response, “Kanye West has had a streak of rants this week that is remarkable even by his standards. Ye needs to see that words matter, especially a vicious antisemitic comment that recently surfaced on social media.”
“If he wants to have any credibility as a commentator on social issues, let alone as a musician, maybe he can start by figuring out how to make a point without fomenting hatred of Jews,” the organization said.