Back at Home, Trump Goes on Twitter Offensive Against Leaks, 'Fake News'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 16:30
The news website Politico called Kushner the White House's " lead distraction" following what is being seen as Trump's mostly successful first foreign trip, which featured a stopover in Israel.
That Kushner is being cautioned to keep a low profile is notable considering his role leading a new White House "war room" to deal with Russia-related issues.
Though under scrutiny by the FBI, Kushner has yet to be accused of unlawful behavior, and he has offered to share any information about meetings with Russian officials.
Kelly's remarks came amid news that Kushner was a focus of investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's associates during the campaign and transition, a development that has consumed an already-beleaguered White House.
The new turn in the conflict between the fascistic president and his cabinet of oligarchs and generals, on the one side, and state forces opposed to Trump's supposed "softness" toward Russian Federation, on the other, comes the same week that the White House released a budget proposal calling for $1.7 trillion in social cuts, including the virtual destruction of Medicaid, the government health program for the poor. "The next question is whether the president authorized this, because no one stands between Trump and Kushner in the chain of command".
Mr Donald Trump, just back from his first global trip as USA president, geared up to combat concerns yesterday over his son-in-law's ties to Russian Federation.
Beyond security concerns, a proposed back channel would have been a breach of democratic protocol, said Eliot Cohen, a former counsellor to President George W. Bush's State Department.
The president, home again after a nine-day trip overseas, quickly turned his Twitter account back into a political weapon Sunday, assailing what he called the "fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media".
Calling Kushner "a great guy, a decent guy", the Homeland Security secretary said the president's son-in-law's "No. 1 interest, really, is the nation".
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Sunday on ABC that United States officials need to get to the bottom of the allegations against Kushner, including if Kushner was not honest about his Russian Federation contacts during the security clearance process.
Kushner's meeting with Kislyak was not initially disclosed when Trump's son-in-law sought a security clearance. Representative Adam Schiff said in an interview with ABC News.
He added: "I would not be concerned about it". So one is this administration not talking about our values, cozying up to authoritarian leaders. Lawyers for Kushner said he was willing to talk with federal and congressional investigators about his foreign contacts and his work on the Trump campaign. Multiple sources told NBC News that changes are still coming in a White House that has become known for its palace intrigue and publicly aired internal politics. In his Sunday tweets, Mr. Trump also used the bully pulpit to call for action in the Congress on tax cuts and tax reform.
The plan could reportedly include building a "war room" within the White House to combat the scandal and feature the return of some of Mr Trump's more combative campaign aides, including Corey Lewandowski, who was sacked as campaign manager almost a year ago, and David N. Bossie, who was deputy campaign manager and made his name in politics by investigating Bill and Hillary Clinton for two decades, the Post reported.
Mr Trump had earlier taken to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the "fake news media".
Kushner's involvement in the proposed back channel was first reported by The Washington Post, which said he proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities for the discussions, apparently to make them more hard to monitor. This prompted investigators to ask USA intelligence agencies to reveal the names of the Americans, the current US law enforcement official said.
Several Democrats, including Senator Richard Durbin and Senator Cory Booker, said the reported Kushner meeting needs additional probing.
Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser past year, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy.