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. Plans for the garden contain a tall tower, which officials say could be used for surveillance.
Murdoch's spokesman told the Journal that she "has absolutely no knowledge of any garden projects funded by the Chinese government".
Several White House spokespeople did not return requests for comment from the Daily News on Monday night, but a representative for Kushner confirmed to the Journal that he was briefed about Murdoch's possible Chinese entanglements during a "routine senior staff security briefing".
The outlet notes that no one has been accused of wrongdoing, but said officials gave the warning "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".
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Kushner and Trump, both White House advisers, have had a close relationship with Murdoch for years, including during her marriage to Rupert Murdoch.
The White House described Kushner's meeting with U.S. security as "routine" and said none of the people involved had been accused of wrongdoing. When reports emerged that she may have been linked with Tony Blair while she was married, British security officials discussed with their USA counterparts whether they should be concerned. She has kept the Murdoch name and said in the Guardian interview that they were still friendly.
However, Marcus Brauchli, a former managing editor of the Journal, expressed doubts about the story. "I'd warrant Trump does more for Russian Federation than Wendi ever did for China". For as little as $3, you can help us.
Deng Murdoch and Murdoch were together for 14 years and had two children together, Grace Helen Murdoch and Chloe Murdoch, before Murdoch filed for divorce in 2013.
The article also alleged that Murdoch was helping to identify investments for her husband's company in China and was acting as his "liaison and translator in China".