Fresh from his travels, Trump rails on Twitter about fake news

Trump returned to Washington after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday to face more questions about alleged communications between Kushner and Russia's ambassador to the US.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he said in another tweet to his more ta 30.8 followers.

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.

The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP and other news outlets confirmed.

In the days that followed, Trump allegedly made several snarky remarks about Kushner's family, the Times reported citing two aides.

"The trip sets the stage for a much more safe and prosperous nation back at home and a more peaceful world for all", Spicer said.

While taxes have taken a back seat in recent weeks, Trump tweeted Sunday: "The massive TAX CUTS/REFORM that I have submitted is moving along in the process very well, actually ahead of schedule".

Mr Kelly, the homeland security secretary, carried the same message on Sunday. "And I think any time you can open lines of communication with anyone, whether they're good friends or not so good friends, it's a smart thing to do".

Fox News host Chris Wallace asked the former Marine Corps general about the alleged scandal that Kushner, who is also a son-in-law to President Donald Trump, sought out Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to develop back-channel communications with the Kremlin.

"There ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid", Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday, the NY Daily News reported.

A New York Times report from Saturday corroborates some of this, citing three people "with knowledge of the discussion" who said the proposed back channel was for the objective of communicating about the Syrian civil war.

And he said, "You're asking if he approves of an action that is not a confirmed action".

"If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a back-channel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain that kind of a security clearance", Schiff said. The Times said at the time that the family business' investment drive was also "highlighting their ties to Mr. Kushner as they court investors". Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, noted that Kushner has been willing to answer questions.

McCain said: "I know that some administration officials are saying, 'Well, that's standard procedure.' I don't think it's standard procedure prior to the inauguration of the president of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position".

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper took a darker view of contacts with representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Larry Hoffman