Journalists were prevented from photographing Jared Kushner on his arrival Wednesday in Israel, where he hopes to restart peace talks with Palestinian leaders.
The White House adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump visited with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a family friend, at his office, and he was scheduled to meet later in the day with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, reported The Guardian.
The 36-year-old Kushner — who almost never speaks in public and prefers to operate behind the scenes — hoped to keep a low profile on the brief visit to the Middle East.
Journalists were told not to photograph the U.S. president’s son-in-law, and a photographer from the Associated Press was ordered to delete the images on his camera’s memory card.
It’s not clear from the Guardian report, or another published by The Times, who issued those orders to journalists covering the White House official’s government business trip.
Trump has asked Kushner, a former real estate developer with no previous government experience, to lay the groundwork for the “ultimate deal” to secure peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Netanyahu is close to Kushner’s family, and he even gave up his childhood bedroom and slept in the basement once when the Israeli prime minister visited them in New York.