Jared Kushner speaks with Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the senior American commander in Iraq, during his trip. Photo: @TheJointStaff/Twitter
Politico: Kushner Iraq trip part of wider Pentagon outreach to Trump
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has been cultivating a close relationship with his boss, inviting senior aides to meetings and spending time at the White House meeting with the commander in chief.
The arrival in Iraq on Monday of Jared Kushner as part of a senior U.S. military delegation is the latest example of a conscious outreach campaign by the Pentagon to President Donald Trump and his inner circle, according to several administration officials with direct knowledge.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have sought to build strong personal and working relationships with members of the new administration – with an eye to using those relationships to win the president’s support not just for their approach to dealing with ISIS, but for making hiring and other decisions.
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WNU Editor: I understand the role that Jared Kushner is playing in the Trump administration .... President Trump put him there to act as his trusted buffer to those who want to send a message to the President. In a certain way he is really acting as President Trump's personal assistant .... and in places like the Middle East and Asia .... the title of personal assistant to a leader holds enormous respect and attention.
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Jared Kushner Meets With Iraqi Leader on Future of ISIS Battle -- NYT
Kushner joins Dunford for Baghdad talks on the war -- Washington Times
Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner in Iraq with top US general -- BBC
Jared Kushner joins Gen. Joseph Dunford for Islamic State talks in Baghdad -- Washington Times
Jared Kushner visits Iraq: Trump's Middle East peace envoy son-in-law makes surprise visit as US and Iraqi forces close in on ISIS in the battle for Mosul -- Daily Mail
Jared Kushner Visits Iraq on Invitation From Joint Chiefs Chairman -- NYT
White House violated protocol by confirming Jared Kushner’s trip before he landed in Iraq -- Washington Post
The military may have found an unlikely ally in the Trump administration -- David Choi, Business Insider
Jared Kushner Went to Iraq Because the Pentagon Knows How Trump Operates -- Margaret Hartmann, NYMag