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WAPO details Kushner Secret Diplomacy

Jared Kushner's free lance diplomacy has government officials present and past concerned.  With no experience in government affairs and still less in foreign affairs, Kushner is conducting his own secret diplomacy.  The Washington Post reports on the story,

...."Recently ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster expressed early concern that Kushner was freelancing U.S. foreign policy and might make naive mistakes, according to ­people familiar with their ­reactions.

At times, senior officials would learn about Kushner’s calls after the fact, rather than being briefed beforehand, the people said. In some cases, ­McMaster was concerned there were no official records kept of what was said on the calls.

Tillerson was even more aggrieved, they said, once remarking to staff: “Who is secretary of state here?”

A State Department spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.


Steven Hall, a former senior CIA official, said most administrations have sought to bring the experience of the national security establishment and intelligence operations to bear on ­interactions with foreign leaders. Kushner’s style fits a Trump administration pattern of “generally taking a new approach to past, proven practice,” he said.

“There is a danger if you do indeed stovepipe and don’t share information across the government. Bad things could happen,” Hall said."....

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