Kushner Meets With Mexican President, Underscoring Shift in US Diplomacy

Kushner Meets With Mexican President, Underscoring Shift in US Diplomacy

Kushner Meets With Mexican President, Underscoring Shift in US Diplomacy

A US delegation, including senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner and staff from the State Department and the National Security Council, will visit Mexico City Wednesday, Mexican officials confirmed to CBS News. CBS said Kushner will also meet with the Mexican foreign minister.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry added that the embattled senior adviser - who was recently stripped of White House high-level security clearance - will be "accompanied by officials from the State Department and the National Security Council of the United States", for the Mexico City discussions.

This isn't surprising. Given that President Trump seemingly had no interest in taking personal responsibility for waiving the clearance requirement-which would be his right-his chief of staff, retired Marine General John Kelly, was certainly going to make this move.

The influence of U.S. Ambassador Roberta Jacobson was reduced as a effect and some analysts say that it was likely a factor in her resignation announcement last week.


"The officials from both countries agreed that realizing said (presidential) meeting will depend on the level of progress reached on". A senior USA administration official confirmed the visit, adding that meetings will focus on security, immigration and trade, among other issues.

The NAFTA renegotiation process, uncertainty about legislation relating to young USA immigrants known as dreamers and Trump's tendency to use Twitter to voice his opinion on contentious bilateral issues such as drug trafficking have further strained the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. Bilateral talks between the neighboring countries have been largely restricted to trade, immigration and security issues by the Trump Administration.

When the Mexican president declined, Trump reportedly flipped his lid, prompting Pena Nieto to cancel his planned first visit to the White House.

However, in a Twitter post Monday he appeared to suggest that Mexico and Canada may be granted an exemption, "if a new and fair NAFTA agreement is signed".

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