On Wednesday, Donald Trump sent his son-in-law Jared Kushner to meet with the Mexico President and Mexican officials. According to a new report, Kushner did not invite the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to any of those meetings.
Christopher Sabatini, a senior U.S. official, spoke with the New York Times and confirmed that Kushner did not invite Ambassador Roberta Jacobson to meetings with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray.
Jacobson, who has served in the U.S. government for 31 years, announced last week that she will be stepping down from her post in May.
Sabatini told the Times that Kushner’s meeting was “not the way foreign policy normally is, or should be, conducted.”
“The sending of the president’s son-in-law — someone with no experience in Mexican-U.S. relations — is another example of the de-professionalization and personalization of diplomacy that will hurt U.S. interests and leverage in the region,” he said.
Kushner’s trip comes after his security clearance was downgraded from Top Secret to Secret.
Chief of Staff John Kelly said in a statement at the time of Kushner’s security clearance downgrade hat the president’s son-in-law was “integral” to the Trump administration’s relationship with Mexico.
“Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the president’s agenda,” Kelly added at the time.