Trump Senior Adviser Kushner Travels to Iraq

Trump Senior Adviser Kushner Travels to IraqTrump Senior Adviser Kushner Travels to Iraq

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and top aide to US President Donald Trump, is in Iraq on an official visit, a senior administration official said on Sunday.

Kushner is travelling in the Middle East with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, Aljazeera reported.

Other details about the trip are not being released. The official was not authorized to speak about confidential meetings by name and demanded anonymity.

The fight against the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group would likely top the agenda. The US is leading an international coalition fighting the IS, launching airstrikes to assist Iraqi forces on the ground.

Since last month, the forces have been engaged in a grinding battle for west Mosul, sending more than 200,000 civilians fleeing for safety.

Kushner, like his father-in-law, has no previous experience in government but has become one of the most powerful men in Washington.

Valued by Trump for his discretion and loyalty, Kushner is officially a White House senior adviser with far-reaching influence over domestic and foreign policy.

Kushner has been deeply involved with presidential staffing and played the role of shadow diplomat, advising on relations with the Middle East, Canada and Mexico.

Last week, he launched a taskforce meant to modernize government, using lessons drawn from the private sector.

Kushner’s wife Ivanka Trump, the 35-year-old first daughter, also plays a key role in advising the president. She officially became assistant to the president last week, after being a regular presence in the White House since Trump’s election.

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