U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner visits Iraq's Defense Minister Erfan al-Hiyali in Baghdad, Iraq April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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The Trump administration's failure to keep senior adviser Jared Kushner's trip to Iraq secret isn't standard practice for top U.S. officials visiting warzones.A senior administration official told reporters Sunday evening that Kushner -- President Donald Trump's son-in-law -- was in Iraq, even though he was still en route. Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, also was on board.Knowing when and where a senior U.S. military or civilian official might arrive makes attacks easier.For the Trump administration, Kushner's voyage marks the second time a secret trip hasn't gone as planned.In February, the White House arranged for Trump to visit Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to honor the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed a week earlier. News organizations agreed not to report on the trip until after Trump arrived at the base.But unlike past occurrences, Trump left the White House in broad daylight in Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House, taking off in full view of pedestrians.
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