Kushner arrives in Iraq with Joint Chiefs chairman for visit


The White House had not explained at the time of writing what exactly Kushner's role is in the Iraq sortie, but he reportedly he went at the invitation of the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Joseph Dunford. Kushner, an observant Jew, has known Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for decades, and Trump has expressed rampant optimism at his son-in-law's ability to broker an agreement. Asked if he might offer a hint as to the composition of Team Jared, Spicer, after a stumbling reference to a middle emissary and "a bunch of those folks" in the Office of American Innovation-who would help Kushner in yet another project, the battle against the opioid epidemic-gave up and said that there would be "different people" for "different parts".

Mr. Kushner's presence during this week's trip, a rarity for senior White House officials outside national security circles, could indicate that Mr. Trump is moving closer to his goal of refocusing the US war strategy against the terror group.

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law who now works as his senior adviser, held a secret meeting with American Muslims days before the January 20 inauguration in an effort to mend fences, BuzzFeed News reported. The spokesman added that Kushner was "traveling on behalf of the president to express the president's support and commitment to the Government of Iraq and US personnel now engaged in the campaign".

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Kushner was visiting Iraq at Dunford's invitation to receive briefings on the military campaign against ISIS, and planned to meet with United States and Iraqi officials.

Valued by Trump for his discretion and loyalty, the baby-faced 36-year-old is officially a White House senior adviser with far-reaching influence over domestic and foreign policy.

The two men at times have seemed at odds; in February, as Kushner was meeting with Mexican officials in Washington to arrange a visit by President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump tweeted: "If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting".

Kushner was also the latest Trump associate to be swept up into the ongoing probe into contacts with Russian officials. The White House confirmed last week that he had volunteered to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sen.

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Although Trump campaigned on defeating the hardline Sunni militant group, he has not announced any major changes to war strategy and it is unclear how Kushner's experience in Iraq might shape his advice to the president.

Iraq was part of the Trump administration's original travel ban but was removed from the revised version after a request from the Pentagon and the State Department highlighting Iraq's key role in fighting the Islamic State. The second travel ban whose restrictions included immigration from six Muslim majority states has been stopped by a federal court.

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