This could be troubling for several reasons.
On Wednesday, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner had a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss immigration, trade, and security. An earlier planned meeting with President Trump was called off, after a phone call between Nieto and President Trump became contentious, with Trump “losing his temper.”
So what’s the big deal with his sending his son-in-law, instead?
The first problem may be those intercepted communications of officials from 4 countries discussing how to manipulate Jared Kushner, because of his money troubles.
Mexico was one of those countries.
The second problem may be that Kushner apparently went into that meeting without the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson.
Jacobson, who is among the State Department’s top Latin American experts, announced last week she would step down from her post in May after serving in the U.S. government for 31 years.
Now, maybe he didn’t invite her because she plans to leave that post in a couple of months, but for now, she’s still the ambassador, and you would think she would be an important factor in ongoing talks with our southern neighbor.
Christopher Sabatini, a lecturer on international relations at Columbia University, told the Times that Kushner’s meeting was “not the way foreign policy normally is, or should be, conducted.”
“The sending of the president’s son-in-law — someone with no experience in Mexican-U.S. relations — is another example of the de-professionalization and personalization of diplomacy that will hurt U.S. interests and leverage in the region,” he told the Times.
Don’t forget the part about someone with no experience, who has also been pegged as an easy mark, because of his outside business interests – something else that shouldn’t be going on in our government.
Kushner’s security clearance was recently bumped down from “Top Secret” to “Secret,” as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has looked to clean up the way security clearances are handled in the administration.
Kushner is one who has had to submit documentation multiple times, in order to get that clearance.
Still, Kelly praised the work Kushner has done, in regards to the relationship with Mexico.
“Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the president’s agenda,” Kelly added at the time.
I’m not sure what that looks like, because we know Mexico isn’t paying for a wall.
Given what we know about Kushner’s troubles, his shutting out our nation’s diplomat to Mexico should probably at least set off some red flags.