On Sunday, Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, and Jared Kushner, former White House senior adviser, were spotted enjoying the 2022 FIFA World Cup final at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. The two were seen standing side-by-side, watching the thrilling match between Argentina and France and taking in all the excitement.
Musk live-tweeted the match, posting text and video of the event. He expressed his enjoyment for the “incredible play” of both teams, and noted the “highest ever” number of tweets per second for France’s first goal. Kushner had been seen at other World Cup matches as well, including the United States’ World Cup match against England with the Trump family.
The sighting of Musk and Kushner together has sparked some controversy in the media. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent requests to the State and Defense departments for records on Kushner’s family business. This was due to their concerns about Kushner’s financial interests as he influenced the Trump administration’s foreign policy in the Persian Gulf.
The presence of two powerful figures in the world of business, technology, and politics has raised eyebrows and prompted speculation about the nature of their relationship and what it could mean for the future of Middle Eastern relations, but I have other ideas.
It remains to be seen if the two will continue to collaborate or if their meeting was simply a one-time occurrence. It certainly comes at an unusual time when Musk just asked the Twitterverse if he should step down as the head of Twitter to which the majority said yes. He said that he would abide by the results of the poll as well. So, is Kushner going to head the platform going forward?
What is certain is that this unlikely duo has created a buzz that will surely continue to reverberate throughout the world. With their combined influence, Musk and Kushner’s presence at the World Cup Final has certainly been a memorable one.