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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is reportedly “alarmed” by private talks between President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Bloomberg report cites three unnamed sources who say Tillerson is concerned that Kushner’s discussions could “backfire” and plunge the Middle East into “chaos.”

According to the report,

“The central goal of the Kushner-Prince Mohammed negotiations, as described by two people with knowledge of the talks, is for an historic agreement featuring the creation of a Palestinian state or territory backed financially by a number of countries including Saudi Arabia, which could put tens of billions of dollars toward the effort.”

Tillerson believes Kushner, who has no background in international relations, has been leaving senior U.S. diplomats “in the dark” about the discussions.

The alleged talks raise concerns that Saudi leaders may be using Kushner to increase their influence by securing U.S. backing.

Chris Sosa is a managing editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

Amy Coney Barrett

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Donald Trump will select U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court pick Saturday, multiple news outlets confirmed with White House officials on Friday — and the outlook couldn't be more bleak for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the future of health care in the United States.

According to the New York Times, Trump "will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day."

"The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia," the Times reported.

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