Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders

Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders
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White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerGeorge Will charges that Trump colluded with Putin DNC claims Secret Service blocked attempt to deliver lawsuit against Kushner On The Money: US files complaints at WTO | House leaders get deal to boost biz investment | Mnuchin says US will consider Iran sanctions waivers | FCC deals blow to Sinclair-Tribune merger MORE will travel with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump privately frustrated over lack of progress with North Korea: report Russian diplomat calls on Pompeo to free accused Russian agent Pelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress MORE to meet with Mexican leaders on Friday, a senior State Department official told reporters.

The official said that Kushner, along with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-ICE director responds to Michelle Wolf video comparing agency to ISIS Top Ethics Dem calls for Nielsen to resign Michelle Wolf compares ICE to ISIS in new video MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMnuchin: Trump supports Fed's independence, not trying to provide 'pressure' Mnuchin: US open to removing Russian aluminum producer from sanctions list GOP tax writer introduces bill to reduce capital gains taxes MORE, will make the trip to Mexico City on Friday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray and President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The official called the delegation “a testament to the importance the administration and the United States places on the bilateral relationship.”

“The fact that the State Department, DHS, and Treasury, and the president’s senior adviser Jared Kushner are traveling together shows that this is a whole-of-government approach and underscores the importance of our relationship with Mexico,” the official said.

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Kushner, the president's son-in-law, has served as a point person for global affairs in the White House, meeting with foreign leaders and working on policies like a peace plan for the Middle East.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Kushner doesn't have the security clearance needed to view the government's most sensitive information, which experts said could impede his ability to carry out his White House duties.

The State Department official said the officials will discuss the opioid epidemic, trade, “curb irregular immigration” and ways “to combat transnational criminal organizations” in Mexico.

López Obrador, a left-wing candidate and prominent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE, won Mexico’s presidential election earlier this month.

Mexico-U.S. relations have soured under the Trump administration: Trump has repeatedly slammed the country over trade and immigration, and has claimed he will make Mexico pay for a wall on the U.S. border. Peña Nieto has repeatedly said Mexico won’t pay for the wall.