Donald Trump attacks media for 'fake news' following Jared Kushner reports
- Author: Leroy Wright May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 18:59
In his Sunday tweets, the president also referred to his global trip, saying "Just returned from Europe". An administration plagued with leaks is now trying to determine whether recent damaging claims may have been fanned from within the West Wing.
The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials.
Contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials during the campaign coincided with what USA intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House.
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".
But his relationship with the media and leaked information has been complicated.
"Any channel of communications, back or otherwise, is a good thing", he said on "Fox News Sunday", suggesting that he did not know the facts behind the reported December discussions between Kushner and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
"Clearly, the White House is in crisis".
"British Prime Minister [Theresa] May was very angry that the info the United Kingdom gave to USA about Manchester was leaked". Trump may meet with Kasowitz as early as Sunday, and aides have recruited a series of prominent Washington lawyers with experience in political investigations for Trump to interview in hopes that they might join the legal team.
The back channel was meant to connect Michael Flynn, who later became Trump's first national security adviser, with Russian military leaders, said the person, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy considerations and spoke on condition of anonymity. A White House official dismissed it as a brief courtesy meeting at the time.
But the revelations about Mr Kushner threaten to dominate the political agenda following Mr Trump's nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe, where glittering Saudi welcomes and sharp-elbowed squabbles with European allies pushed the simmering Russian Federation scandal into the background.
Mr Schiff was particularly concerned about a Washington Post report that the back channel would have been conducted at a Russian diplomatic facility to avoid monitoring in U.S. communications systems.
Trump had delayed until after the G7 meeting in making a decision about whether the US should withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord. And the search continues for an Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace Comey.
The House Republican health care bill has drawn criticism for spending billions less and potentially causing millions of Americans to lose their health coverage.
Mr. Trump said the massive tax cuts / reforms that he has submitted is moving along in the process very well. He tweets: "ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!" "Big benefits to all!" he said.