Jared Kushner Makes Surprise Iraq Visit

Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner is in Iraq with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, a senior administration official told The New York Times on Sunday. The source said only that Kushner was invited by Dunford and was traveling with him. Kushner, who has no previous diplomatic or military experience, has previously been touted by President Trump as “a natural” to solve the Israeli-Palestine conflict in the Middle East. Kushner’s visit to Iraq comes before either National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster or Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have visited the country. The visit was confirmed Monday by Dunford spokesman Capt. Greg Hicks, who added that Trump’s assistant for Homeland Security and counterterrorism, Thomas P. Bossert, also made the trip. “Gen. Dunford invited Mr. Kushner and Mr. Bossert to meet with Iraqi leaders, senior U.S. advisers, and visit with U.S. forces in the field to receive an update on the status of the counter-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria,” Hicks said in a statement.