News of Iraq trip with Kushner mid-air poses security risks

"You have to understand where the levers are". "Mexico being one of them you mentioned". "It's in our interest".

Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, a spokesman for the chairman, said on April 3 that Dunford had arrived in Iraq for meetings, including with coalition officials, accompanied by Kushner and Thomas Bossert, the president's homeland security adviser, according to a report by The New York Times. The trip came with all the trappings of military showmanship - military aircraft shuttled Kushner above the Iraqi capital; he spoke with men and women in uniform serving in often rustic conditions.

In some instances, Kushner's involvement in his father-in-law's administration has raised ethical questions, given the vast property and business holdings Kushner managed in his time running his family's real estate empire.

The Trump administration tried Monday to downplay the degree of direct responsibility for administration policy possessed by Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, as he made an official visit to Iraq.

Dunford stood to gain something as well.

Asked about the new play in town, Indian officials cryptically said New Dehi has "evolved its channels" and it was aware of the new dynamics in Washington. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis already had extended a similar invitation to Kushner and Steve Bannon, White House chief strategist.

Al-Abadi met with Trump and Kushner in Washington recently and said he had the impression that the United States would take a more aggressive approach, although he did not say what that might entail.

The trip has been Kushner's first to Iraq and the visit to Hamman al-Alil, where U.S. advisors and artillery are positioned to assist the battle in Mosul, was also the closest Dunford has gotten to Mosul since the campaign began. "That doesn't mean by any means it's being done without the coordination with the State Department".

Their trip was not without a hiccup.

American forces are assisting the Iraqi government in recapturing Mosul from the Islamic State, who gained worldwide attention when it took the northern city in 2014.

"It soon became clear, however, that unless Trump makes drastic changes and shows he's committed to being a president for all Americans, engagement is not an effective tool at this stage". I believe more and more intelligent and experienced White House staffers will see this for what it is and realize there's no one listening to their ideas or concerns because they aren't in the inner circle.

  • Larry Hoffman