President Trump pushes back against New York Times article

Rep. Devin Nunes of California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that the "real crime" is how Flynn's phone conversations were leaked, echoing a complaint Trump himself made over Twitter. CNN also reported that Trump advisers were in constant contact with Russian officials during the campaign. "I have nothing to do with Russian Federation, haven't made a phone call to Russian Federation in years", he said. "This is fake news put out by the media".

US President Donald Trump continued his rhetorical tirade against those who leaked information regarding the circumstances that led to the resignation of National Security Advisor Lt. Trump said that the United States would work toward peace but said he was leaving it up to the parties themselves ultimately to decide on the terms of any agreement.

At the news conference, the president announced that Alexander Acosta would be his nominee for Labor secretary. That came a day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew after losing support among Republican senators.

Trump, who is nearly loyal to a fault to his choices for cabinet positions, reportedly said that Flynn had to go because he lied to him and Pence (and not because our national security was at risk for playing footsie with the Russians). Vice-President Mike Pence denied the allegations publicly on Flynn's behalf.

Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser and a senior administration official said he was one of three candidates the president was considering to replace Flynn on a permanent basis.

Acosta said. "He's made comment after comment over the course of the campaign and the transition where he defended Vladimir Putin, he had an interview with Bill O'Reilly where when he was asked if Vladimir Putin is a killer, he said, 'well, America hasn't been that much better in this regard.' To me, and to a lot of Americans, it seems that this president has not been tough on Russian Federation".

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials reportedly believe Flynn did not mislead them intentionally, but officials also said it was not clear if prosecutors would bring a case against him, the Washington Post reported. Harward met with top White House officials last week and has the backing of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Tillerson, who heads to Bonn, Germany, on Wednesday on his first official trip, is widely expected to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the trip. Referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals rule, he said he would "deal with DACA with heart".

But earlier this month the Trump White House suggested that hostilities in Ukraine are merely a border dispute.

The White House yesterday struggled to contain fallout from the resignation of the U.S. national security advisor, as Moscow denied reports of contacts between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian officials. And then, just before Trump was set to take office, the F.B.I., C.I.A. and N.S.A. gave a classified report about the Russian efforts to influence the presidential election to President Obama, President-elect Trump, and a group of congressional leaders. They only discussed logistics, he said, "that was it, plain and simple".

  • Zachary Reyes