Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, canceled an interview with MSNBC presenter Andrea Mitchell as he continued to promote the historic peace agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.
Kushner hit the media chain after the signing of the Abrahamic Accords, as he was largely credited with leading the Middle East peace talks on behalf of the Trump administration.
However, Mitchell told viewers on Wednesday that although he had scheduled an interview for his show days ago, Kushner had refused hours before appearing on air.
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“We had planned to include senior White House adviser Jared Kushner in our program today, an appearance that had been reserved for several days and widely promoted,” Mitchell began. “This morning the White House has informed us that Mr Kushner’s schedule has changed and he must cancel it. This is a pity. Of course, I had planned to ask him about the significant historical breakthrough of the White House between Israel and two Arab states, which he helped mediate. “
NBC News’s chief foreign affairs correspondent later suggested that although he did not allow accusations that Kushner, who was canceling his interview, may be linked to ABC News City Hall, where President Trump attended Tuesday night.
However, the canceled interview followed Mitchell’s report on the Abraham Accords in NBC Nightly News, which seems to belittle foreign policy achievements.
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“With splendor and circumstance, the president heralds the first Arab states to recognize Israel since 1994,” Mitchell said. “Both sides have been dealing quietly with Israel for years, sharing intelligence against Iran, a common enemy.”
She continued: “But today’s agreements open the door to trade, travel and tourism. But this is not peace in the Middle East.”
She went on to describe how the Palestinians were “abandoned by their Arab neighbors” and left “powerless to do anything but protest.”
Mitchell called Trump and Netanyahu, whom she described as “two political leaders in battle” as the “big winners” of the agreement.
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“And the president can present himself as a peacemaker,” he said, a Nobel Prize winner 49 days before the election, Mitchell concluded.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment.