The Trump administration's proposal for achieving peace in the Middle East won't be released until June at the earliest, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner told ambassadors on Wednesday. Reuters reported that Kushner urged ambassadors to remain open to compromise ahead of the plan's release, which has been touted since early in Trump's presidency. Kushner is spearheading the peace initiative with special envoy Jason Greenblatt, who confirmed the Reuters report in a tweet.
At the press conference that concluded his visit to Lebanon in late March, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listened with a grin as his Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil, described in the usual diplomatic parlance the importance of the longstanding U.S.-Lebanon relationship. Pompeo, however, didn’t spend much time on ceremonial cliches. Instead, he quickly issued a warning: Contain Hezbollah or else.