After the meeting was disclosed, the White House
and VEB issued contradictory statements about the purpose of the Gorkov meeting. The White House
said that Kushner was acting in his capacity as a transition official. VEB said Gorkov had met with Kushner to discuss business. A month later, Reuters reported that Kushner was told at the meeting that if Trump ended sanctions, it would lead to Russian banks offering financing to people with ties to Trump. Within 24 hours of his meeting with Kushner, Sergey Gorkov flew to Japan and met with Putin.