White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerElection gives Trump a chance to hit the reset button with Mexico Kim Kardashian West visits with inmates at California prison: report Trump shapes the landscape in Jerusalem MORE will travel with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoState Dept: No answers in sonic attacks in Cuba, China Kerry condemns Trump’s ‘strange’ and ‘disgraceful’ rhetoric at NATO Trump references ‘legitimate media and fake-news media’ at meeting with NATO leader 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 NielsenElection gives Trump a chance to hit the reset button with Mexico Dem lawmaker: Restaurant gave me free food to support fight against Trump policy Bartender cursed at Stephen Miller as he picked up takeout sushi: Washington Post MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump angers GOP, businesses with new tariffs | Liberals see Kavanaugh as mortal threat to consumer bureau | Lawmakers pitch family leave plans On The Money: Strong June as economy adds 213K jobs | China blames Trump for ‘biggest trade war’ in history | Consumer bureau deputy to resign, end legal fight with Trump On The Money: Canada to slap tariffs on US goods this weekend | Trump touts tax law on 6-month anniversary | Kudlow says rising deficit is falling, hopes Fed delays rate hikes 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.
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 TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to NATO in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by NATO allies, but says ‘it isn’t nearly enough’ Trump questions how Russia probe can ‘proceed’ given FBI agent’s private comments 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.