Jared Kushner is in Iraq.
News emerged Sunday evening that the presidential son-in-law was visiting the country along with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. The news was first reported by The New York Times.
Jared Kushner is in Iraq right now, a senior administration official confirms.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 3, 2017
It is unclear what exactly Kushner is doing in the country. A senior administration official who insisted on anonymity told CBS that the real estate scion was visiting to evaluate the situation and express his support for the Iraqi government.
— James A. Garamone (@GaramoneDODNews) April 3, 2017
The trip underscores Kushner’s rapidly expanding portfolio inside the White House. In addition to whatever he is doing in Iraq, Kushner also currently leads the newly created Office of American Innovation and has been tasked with managing White House efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. In addition, through his extensive business connections, Kushner has become the administration’s point person helping to facilitate this week’s meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The initial reports of Kushner’s trip caused some confusion after Reuters appeared to retract their reporting on the trip.
“The story ‘Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner visits Iraq, U.S. official says’, the accompanying alert and subsequent update are wrong and were withdrawn,” read a statement on their website. So far, however, no other news organization have issued retractions.
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