Jared Kushner is visiting Iraq on an unannounced trip on invitation from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as US forces attempt to take back Mosul from ISIS. It’s unclear why Kushner is along for the ride, though; why was the president’s son-in-law picked for this important trip?
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., brought Jared Kushner, 36, along with him on an April 3 trip to Iraq to serve as a surrogate for President Donald Trump, 70, “to express the President’s support and commitment to the Government of Iraq and U.S. personnel” fighting against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, his spokesperson said in a statement.
This is the first trip to Iraq for Kushner who is the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisors, as well as Thomas P. Bossert, Trump’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism. The three men are spending the trip meeting with Iraqi leaders and senior US advisers, as well as visiting US troops for an update on the fight against ISIS in the region, according to spokesperson Navy Capt. Greg Hicks. It’s unclear why Kushner came along for the trip, and not Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who hasn’t visited the country yet.
Kushner’s trip with General Dunford and Bossert follows the call for 275 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division to descend upon Mosul to take back the city from the Islamic State fighters. Kushner has zero political experience, but Trump has deferred to him as an alternative liaison to foreign leaders from Tillerson.
Kushner has sat in on many meetings with foreign leaders, and had a hand in discussions with Mexico over the infamous wall. During the presidential campaign, Trump offhandedly mused that Kushner could finally solve the problems between Israel and Palestine. No word on how he’ll do that, yet.
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