>> Thank you for having us.>> He's in charge of negotiating peace in the Middle East, the Director of a White House office responsible for reinventing the US government. But on Wednesday, President Trump's son in law, Jared Kushner devoted his time to another one of his monumental tasks repairing a damaged relationship between the US and Mexico.
>> They're rapists.>> The trip across the southern border comes a week after Kushner was stripped of his top secret security clearance. And a Washington Post report that said at least four foreign governments including Mexico talked privately about ways to manipulate Kushner by exploiting his business ties and a lack of foreign policy experience.
The trip kicked off with a visit to to Mexico's foreign minister, Luis Videgaray. Reuters correspondent, Michael O'Boyle was there.>> We know that Kushner and Videgaray have a very close relationship that began back during the Presidential campaign. Videgaray has had really unprecedented access to White House officials in this administration, more so than prior Mexican administrations.
But now, there are really doubts about how much influence Kushner still has within the White House, especially after losing his security clearance. The goal of this trip, according to one senior US official, is to smooth over tensions between Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Donald Trump. The two had a reportedly testy phone call last month about the subject of Trump's proposed border wall and who's going to pay for it.
>> Who is going to pay for the wall?>> Mexico!>> That spat torpedoed negotiations to arranging a face to face meeting between Pena Nieto and Trump. It also came at a very bad time for the talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.>> Kushner's visit also comes as the president prepares to sign new steel and aluminum tariffs, but on Wednesday, the White House said, Mexico might be exempt.
>> There are potential car routes for Mexico