Mr. Kushner's Weekend Trip... to Iraq

It looks like Jared Kushner will win the “What did you do this weekend?” story contest at the White House this week. President Trump’s senior adviser (and son-in-law) visited Iraq with Gen. Joseph Dunford.


It was unclear what Mr. Kushner, who has been expanding his reach in his father-in-law’s administration, planned to gain from the trip. A senior administration official confirmed the visit, saying that Mr. Kushner, 36, who serves as a senior adviser to Mr. Trump, was invited by Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

An administration official said Kushner was there to show support for the Iraqi government and to assess the situation himself.

It’s clear that Kushner is a smart guy, but is it really a great idea to make a 36-year-old with no military, government, or diplomatic experience a senior adviser focusing on foreign policy – and then task him with brokering peace between Israel and Palestine, advising on a 15-year-long conflict, and prepping for a state visit with China? Oh, and don’t forget his “Office of American Innovation” – which is something he might be better prepared for.

When Trump said he’d be advised by “the best people,” who knew he’d find one who filled so many roles?


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