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>> The President's 36-year-old son-in-law has another assignment. This one in the battle to defeat Islamic State. Jared Kushner, a White House senior advisor traveling to Iraq Monday to get a first-hand assessment of the fight against Islamic State from US commanders on the ground. The visit highlighting the increasingly important and controversial role of Ivanka's husband in the new administration.
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Reuters domestic policy editor Caren Bohan.>> Jared Kushner is the Secretary of State, Chief of Staff, close advisor all rolled into one in some respects. And he has remained the person who has the ear of the President. There are concerns about his role, in part because he's the son in law.
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Critics will say that this is an example of nepotism. The other concern that you sometimes hear is that what does that mean for the roles of other advisors, and Jared Kushner's role is so all-important, does that crowd out advice from other quarters? The other thing about Jared Kushner is he's somebody who comes to the administration from the real estate world, from the business world.
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He's not somebody who has any government experience prior to being in the White House. So there is a question about how well he is prepared, to actually carry out these functions.>> Kuschner's Iraq trip comes at a critical time as Iraqi security forces are engaged in a fierce fight to retake Mosul, Islamic states last major strong hold in Iraq.
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Kushner is also charged with bringing peace to the Middle East, and is involved in the behind-the-scenes preparation for the Chinese President's visit this week to the White House.