Nearly a month after President Donald Trump’s maiden trip to the Middle East as the U.S. commander-in-chief, Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser, will travel to the region this week to try reach a peace deal between Israel and Palestinian people, a report said Sunday citing a White House official. Kushner will travel along with Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to Trump and special representative for international negotiations.
Trump’s son-in-law will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. According to the White House official, who gave details about the trip on the condition of anonymity, Greenblatt was scheduled to arrive in the Middle East on Monday and Kushner will travel Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Kushner’s trip to the Middle East also underlines the fact that ongoing expanding Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller has not affected Kushner’s far-reaching policy portfolio. Also the investigation into Kushner’s business deals has not stopped Trump from deploying his son-in-law as his representative overseas.
In May, reports surfaced that Kushner was the focus of FBI’s Russia investigation. Earlier in June, according to a report by the Washington Post, Mueller was probing Kushner’s financial dealings, as a part of an investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s investigation is in its early stages. His spokesman Peter Carr told the publication the Special Counsel’s Office has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures and will deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct.
Meanwhile, the White House official also told the Post not to expect much from Kushner’s trip. “It is important to remember that forging a historic peace agreement will take time and to the extent that there is progress,…