Kushner trip raises eyebrows
Donald Trump's decision to send his son-in-law to Iraq raised eyebrows in the US yesterday, with questions asked as to why Jared Kushner was touring the region even before the Secretary of State.
Mr Kushner, the 36-year-old husband of Ivanka Trump, arrived in Iraq on Sunday on a surprise visit to review the ongoing fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Mr Kushner, accompanying General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, met with US, coalition and Iraqi officials in Baghdad.
General Dunford said he invited Mr Kushner to hear "first-hand and unfiltered" about the situation on the ground, and to interact with US forces. The visit, without Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, raised concern that Mr Tillerson was being sidelined by the "monarchical" White House.