United States officials briefed Jared Kushner on concerns about Wendi Deng Murdoch

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Citing officials privy to the issue, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that there were concerns that Murdoch, a USA citizen and ex-wife of News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch, could seek to push the interests of the Chinese government.

The project was a proposed $100m (£73m) Chinese garden, which was reportedly declared a national security risk because the design included plans for a tall tower that officials were concerned could be used for surveillance.

The garden was planned on one of the higher patches of land near downtown Washington, less than 8 kilometres from both the Capitol and the White House.

Murdoch, the ex-wife of News Corp. executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, is a longtime friend of Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, as evidenced by numerous social media posts featuring the group attending parties and traveling together.

A spokesman for Murdoch told the Wall Street Journal that she is unaware of the Federal Bureau of Investigation having concerns about her and has no knowledge of the planned garden.

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".

US officials warned Kushner about friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch: report

President Donald Trump also served as a trustee for an estate established by Murdoch for her children until 2016. The project, which would have been a gift from the Chinese government, was initially welcomed by the Obama administration as a symbol of goodwill between the two countries. "US counter-intelligence has slurred people before with flimsy suspicions, especially those people with ties to China (eg ethnic Chinese)".

Kushner and Trump have been friends with Murdoch for years.

As the daughter of a factory director, Murdoch moved to the USA from China to attend Yale University before returning to China to work for News Corp., where she met Murdoch. His former wife still uses her married name. The couple were married from 1999 to 2013, when he filed for divorce. "I'd warrant Trump does more for Russian Federation than Wendi ever did for China".

In November 2000 the Journal published an investigation into Wendi Murdochthat claimed an Californian couple sponsored her application for a student visa in the U.S., helped teach her English and gave her somewhere to stay.

The FBI said "there was motivation to be attentive" about Ms Deng, despite the fact that "they hadn't investigated her in detail", the WSJ source said.

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