Trump endorses report defending Jared
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 9:23
The latest reports hit close to the Oval Office, alleging that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner proposed secret back-channel communications with Russian Federation during the presidential transition. Reportedly of particular interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government, is Kushner's desire to base the communications at Russian government buildings.
Kushner, according to several news accounts, sought to create the secret communications link with Moscow as he met with the Kremlin's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, early last December.
"Jared is doing a great job for the country", Trump told The New York Times late Sunday. The Times" report says Kushner assured Trump that the firing would "be a political "win' that would neutralize protesting Democrats because they had called for Mr. Comey's ouster".
Jared Kushner's vaguely-defined role an unpaid senior White House adviser includes relations with China.
At a Tuesday press briefing, reporters asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if or when Trump knew Kushner was trying to set up back channels with Russian Federation before he became president.
"We don't say what's classified, what's not classified", his national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster later told reporters.
White House officials said over the weekend that they saw no problem with the back channel, if there was one, however.
"Hopefully, when we get back from recess the Senate will enact sanctions on Russian Federation". He attended the December meeting with Kislyak at Trump Tower and had follow up talks with the Russian ambassador, during which he claimed they did not discuss sanctions and had to back track. The FBI and separate congressional committees are each conducting investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, as well as whether any Trump associates colluded with Russian officials. Neither the meeting nor the Americans involved were under USA surveillance, officials told the Post.
"In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person", Trump told the New York Times.
- In an interview on CNN Tuesday, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he believed Russian Federation aggressively interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
All eyes are back on Washington D.C.as President Trump has returned from his nine-day trip overseas and as business picks back up following the Memorial Day holiday, Mr. Trump must return to the realities of being president.