President Trump: Kushner is doing a 'great job' for the country
- Author: Leroy Wright May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 3:39
"It's both normal in my opinion and acceptable", he told ABC News on Sunday. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing and, again, it comes back to whatever the communication is, comes back into the government and shared across the government", he said.
CNN's senior White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, in a tweet Sunday, said Kushner was not planning on going anywhere and was focusing only on his work.
Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators previous year as they began scrutinising former national security advisor Michael Flynn's connections with Russian officials, the two sources told Reuters. Kushner, a key White House adviser, had meetings late past year with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov.
Democrats, in light of the reports, are calling for the president to revoke the 36-year-old's security clearance because of his potential links to Russian Federation.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said it was "obviously very concerning" if a key Trump campaign figure was possibly seeking secret communications during the transition period with a country that intelligence experts say intervened in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Some critics have called for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked, others say he should temporarily step aside while his ties to Moscow are being reviewed.
"If not, then there's no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance", Schiff said.
The conversation between Mr. Kushner and the Ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, took place during a meeting at Trump Tower that Trump's presidential transition team did not acknowledge at the time. The remarks come amid a report on Saturday that Kushner discussed a secret channel to discuss USA military operations in Syria and other matters with the Russians. The three people were not authorised to discuss the December meeting and spoke on the condition of anonymity. But he said that as long as the information was shared with the USA government, it didn't represent a problem.
Kushner boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and worldwide responsibilities, underscoring his importance as Trump's chief adviser despite having no experience in politics before the 2016 White House race. "It's bad for the prospects of calm at the White House". Christianna May-Kelly, center, is supported by family members as she cries after answering reporters questions outside her parents' home in Brookhaven, Miss., Sunday, May 28, 2017. "They reached out to us yesterday to make sure that we knew that was the case and I'm sure he's willing to do so", Corker said on NBC's 'Meet the Press'. So one is this administration not talking about our values, cozying up to authoritarian leaders. Just back from visiting the Middle East and Europe, Trump on Sunday dismissed recent reports as "fake news".
"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he wrote. "Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names ... it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".
Kelly said he was not sure whether the reports that Kushner had proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities for such communications were true.
US intelligence intercepted dispatches from Ambassador Sergey Kislyak telling his superiors about the talks.
The most serious point of contention between the president and his son-in-law, two people familiar with the interactions said, was a video clip this month of Kushner's sister, Nicole Meyer, pitching potential investors in Beijing on a Kushner Cos. condominium project in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February. "ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!" said the US President.
After returning late Saturday from his first foreign trip as president, Trump geared up to combat concerns over his advisers' ties to Russian Federation, including explosive reports about Jared Kushner, his indispensable aide-de-camp. One of the influential advisers in Trump's team, Kushner has been tasked with several responsibilities including leading a task force to reform the federal government and looking into criminal justice reform.
The White House has confirmed the meeting and Kushner's attendance in March but said it was only a brief courtesy call.