Jared Kushner, son-in-law to President Donald Trump and husband to Ivanka Trump, flew to Iraq on Monday with Marine General Joseph Dunford to assess the battle against ISIS.
At Trump’s behest, Kushner, 36, has recently been active tackling domestic and foreign policy responsibilities, such as his latest work to create a Middle East peace deal. This will be Kushner’s first trip to Iraq, but likely not his last.
Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he personally invited Kushner so that he would get “firsthand and unfiltered” experiences with military advisers and U.S. forces. He told Reuters why he believes it is necessary to bring the president’s son-in-law on board:
“I said, ‘Hey, next time I go to Iraq, if you’re interested, come and it’d be good. The more appreciation you could have for what’s actually happening on the ground, the more informed you are when you start talking about the strategic issues.”
Kushner reportedly did not converse with reporters or media officials accompanying the U.S. delegation on the trip. However, Navy Captain Greg Hicks, a spokesperson for both Dunford and Kushner, told reporters they were traveling on behalf of the Trump administration to express support and commitment to Iraq’s government and its fight against the Islamic State.
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