Trump's ties to Russian Federation are well-documented
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 19:37
Kushner's attorney said her client is willing to talk to the Federal Bureau of Investigation if asked about his meeting with Gorkov, as well as separate meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
In creating a separate entity to handle the Russian Federation fallout, the White House hopes existing staffers can return their focus to executing the President's agenda, which has largely stalled as aides and advisers work to respond to the Russian Federation story.
"We are focused on the President's agenda", Spicer said.
More people - 42 percent - thought Spicer hurt the administration compared to the 28 percent who thought he helped.
White House communications director Michael Dubke announced his resignation Tuesday. The way Spicer sees it, the sources close to him said, is that many reporters are obsessed with palace intrigue and minutiae, and are waging a smear campaign against the president.
Mr Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, on Tuesday held his first White House briefing since the President returned from a nine-day worldwide trip amid talk that Mr Spicer's own role may change.
First, Barack Obama was still president at the time; while it is normal for an incoming administration to have informal meet-and-greets with foreign officials, Kushner's proposal was so inappropriate that Kislyak was said to be stunned.
If this was the first example of questionable contact between Trump's associates and the Russians, or if this was some minor functionary and not the husband of Trump's daughter, Ivanka, the concerns raised so far might not loom so large. According to Stier, whose organization advised Trump during the transition period on presidential hiring, permanent employees are not as likely to invest time in building relationships with those they view as being temporary.
"It's an additional factor that makes what was an already complicated process of staffing the government even harder", Max Stier told Politico.
Spicer's evasive posture has given many pundits an opening to do one of the things that have him so frustrated: speculate about impending changes to the White House press briefing or a reorganization of the communications team, including formalizing the reduced length of the Q&A portion.
Elaborating on the issue, the Office of the White House Press Secretary said President Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and made the decision to delay the shifting of the embassy to "maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America's national security interests".
However, Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's woes on the communications effort.
Trump appeared to refer to a Washington Examiner article when he tweeted that "the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russian Federation, don't want him to testify".
Michael Cohen, another of Trump's longtime personal attorneys and strong advocates, is now a part of the investigation and is facing congressional subpoenas.