Trump's Son-In-Law Making Visit To Iraq

Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, was invited by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, and is traveling with him, sources told CNN.

"I don't think we've seen a family member with so much power and influence in the White House in a very long time", said Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ambassador.

Other allies and aides deny any tension between the two men and say Kushner has been very helpful both in getting the secretary's input and focusing the President's attention on issues important to Tillerson.

For Kushner, who has not been to Iraq before, the trip comes at a critical time as Trump examines ways to accelerate a USA -led coalition campaign that US and Iraqi officials say has so far been largely successful in uprooting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Visits from high-ranking officials are typically kept secret.

President Trump's adviser Jared Kushner (left) is visiting Iraq with Gen. Joe Dunford (right). This is something different, however.

By morning, it became clear Kushner and Dunford hadn't yet arrived. But it also doesn't seem unreasonable to think that the members of Trump's administration could likely be doing more to ease Americans' concerns.

The problems facing the nation are easy to solve, he seems to believe. We're keeping track of all the ways his presidency veers from the norm, in terms of policy and rhetoric.

His visit marks an early foray for the Trump administration into the situation in Iraq and came just two weeks after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he was assured by the president the US will accelerate its support for his country's struggle against the Islamic State group.

Jared Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law of President Donald Trump and a senior adviser, is in Iraq to receive an update on the campaign against the Islamic State. Defense Secretary James Mattis made an unannounced trip to Iraq in February.

Almost 290,000 people have fled the city in the wake of fighting, according to the United Nations.

Kushner and Ivanka Trump moved from New York City to Washington in January when her father became president.

Despite his lack of diplomatic, government or military experience, the 36-year-old has a busy schedule in the Trump administration.

Kushner's foray into global affairs comes less than a week after the president named him to a commission on battling opioid abuse.

It was Jared Kushner, the 36-year-old commercial real estate magnate, whose marriage to President Donald Trump's eldest daughter has thrust the otherwise inexperienced diplomat into the center of U.S. foreign relations - and seemingly every top issue facing the administration.

Trump has tasked him with trying to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

  • Larry Hoffman