Several White House staffers fired or reassigned over security clearances


Last month, Kushner's wife and fellow senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump briefed South Korean President Moon Jae-in before the Winter Olympics closing ceremony on her father's new North Korea sanctions despite reportedly only having temporary a security clearance.

Several top aides, including senior adviser Jared Kushner and former staff secretary Rob Porter, operated with interim top-secret clearance until recently, when Porter was forced to resign amid allegations of domestic abuse.

The NAFTA renegotiation process, uncertainty about legislation relating to young USA immigrants known as dreamers and Trump's tendency to use Twitter to voice his opinion on contentious bilateral issues such as drug trafficking have further strained the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. The officials are expected to discuss security, immigration, trade and other issues.

Some analysts in Mexico view the visit as a chance to fix a key US relationship and for Kushner to prove his usefulness to the White House.

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Mexican officials did not say whether the plans for a Trump-Pena Nieto summit was on the agenda.

"I see it as one of the few things of outcome that he can do that don't require security clearance", said Agustin Barrios Gomez, a former federal congressman and head of the working group on the future of US-Mexico relations at the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. Despite this, however, the president still sent Kushner to meet with Mexican officials as a diplomatic envoy on Wednesday.

The SRE statement also said that any possible future meeting between the two presidents "will depend on the level of progress achieved on agreements related to the comprehensive relationship [between the two countries], including NAFTA. security, migration and economic cooperation". Trump blames the decline in US manufacturing jobs on the agreement. Kitco Metals Inc. and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.