Trump tweets article with unnamed source after criticizing reports with unnamed sources
- Author: Sonia Alvarado May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 5:09
The Washington Post and other media outlets reported over the weekend that Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, suggested to Russia's ambassador to the us that the Kremlin and Trump's transition team set up a secret communications channel and meet in Russian diplomatic facilities in order to avoid USA intelligence operations. He said he has not asked Trump whether the president believes human activity is contributing to climate change. Kushner, Trump added, is "respected by virtually everyone" and "is a very good person".
The Washington Post has previously reported that Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the USA, told his superiors in Moscow that Kushner proposed a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and the Russian government in December.
The spotlight on Kushner grew brighter following a report in The Washington Post on Friday stating he talked about establishing a secure and secret communication channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a meeting in December.
As he mulls outside reinforcements to his operation, Trump returned late Saturday from his nine-day journey to a White House seemingly in crisis mode, with a barrage of reports hitting close to the Oval Office and involving Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and influential adviser.
- According to several aides and outside allies of President Donald Trump, his top priority upon his return from his first foreign trip will be a possible retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a "war room" inside the White House.
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Both Coats and Rogers denied the president's request and they are now coming forward with these very serious allegations. More comes out about President Trump interfering in the investigation of Russian connections with his campaign.
The Post reported Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, was also at the meeting with Kushner and Kislyak. Administration officials have also pointed to a line in the Post's report that "Russia at times feeds false information into communication streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation and confusion among USA analysts". But he describes such efforts to communicate as "a good thing".
In recent weeks, the president's relationship with his son-in-law, the most stable partnership in an often unstable White House, is showing obvious signs of strain.
McCain also responded to a report that James Comey made a decision to announce the outcome of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, based on Russian misinformation he may have known to be false.
Reporters took issue with Trump's apparent double-standard on this topic as they questioned Spicer on Tuesday.
Ivanka Trump, perhaps the President's most trusted adviser, was not involved in the writing of that statement, the administration official said.
In a familiar refrain, Trump tweeted that it was "fake news", but he is now under considerable pressure, with several investigations under way into his team's links with Russian Federation, which is accused of hacking Democratic Party emails in order to help Trump win the White House.