'Very weakened' Jared Kushner reportedly snubs highly regarded US ambassador from Mexico meeting

Hoping to smooth over relations between the U.S. and Mexico, President Trump sending his son-in-law Jared Kushner south of the border. But Mexican leaders have a reportedly pessimistic view over what can come over the visit and over who he’s left out.

Kushner is facing backlash over his reported decision to leave out the highly regarded American ambassador, Roberta Jacobson from the talks. She’s been working in Latin American diplomacy for over 30 years, announcing her planned retirement just days ago.

And experience is what the U.S. needs to smooth ruffled feathers. Since Kushner lost his top secret security clearance, one opposition lawmaker tells Reuters, Mexican diplomats see Kushner as “...very weakened, and he is going to get weaker. More than anything, what he comes to say here will be contradicted by Trump the next day."

Meanwhile, tensions are running high over Trump’s planned tariffs on aluminum and steel. But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders floating the possibility of an exemption, saying, "There are potential carve-outs for Mexico and Canada, based on national security, and possibly for other countries as well.

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Jared Kushner, senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, listens to Mexican Foreign Ministry Luis Videgaray (R) during a meeting at the foreign ministry building, in this handout photograph released to Reuters by the Mexico Presidency, March 7, 2018. Mexico Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
Jared Kushner, senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, listens to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in this handout photograph released to Reuters by the Mexico Presidency, March 7, 2018. Mexico Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
A convoy of SUVs including one transporting Jared Kushner, senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves Los Pinos presidential residence after Kushner met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, in Mexico City, Mexico March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
A SUV transporting Jared Kushner, senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves Los Pinos presidential residence after a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, in Mexico City, Mexico March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Military personnel is pictured at Los Pinos Presidential Residence as Jared Kushner, senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hold a meeting, in Mexico City, Mexico March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Media members wait outside Los Pinos Presidential Residence as Jared Kushner, senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hold a meeting, in Mexico City, Mexico March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
The SUV transporting Jared Kushner, senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives to Los Pinos Presidential Residence for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, in Mexico City, Mexico March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
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