Trump Dismisses Reports on Kushner, Leaks as 'Fake News'

Pauline Gross
Июня 9, 2017

According to the person familiar with the Kushner meeting, the Trump team eventually felt there was no need for a back channel once Rex Tillerson was confirmed as secretary of state on February 1.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Mr Trump wrote in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday.

The news that Kushner tried to set up back channels with Russian Federation is just the latest allegation about possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Moscow.

The Washington Post has previously reported that Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S., told his superiors in Moscow that Kushner proposed a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and the Russian government in December.

The New York Times and Washington Post said he wanted to use Russian facilities to avoid United States interception of discussions with Moscow.

Some Democrats are already asking for an investigation and even calling for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked.

Mr Trump, who participated in the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington Ceremony on Monday, is said to be considering a shake-up of the White House administration, with a possible sidelining of press secretary Sean Spicer and other key officials expected in the coming days.

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"I think any time you can open lines of communication with anyone, whether they're good friends or not so good friends, is a smart thing to do", Kelly said.

The report, which was retweeted by President Donald Trump, quotes a sole anonymous source claiming that during the December meeting "the Russians broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner".

"We have backchannel communications with a number of countries", McMaster said.

Kushner's lawyers have said he was willing to talk with investigators about his foreign contacts and his work on the Trump campaign. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, when asked by reporters on Saturday if it would be wrong for someone to create a back-channel with Russian Federation, he replied: "No".

"It's clear that Jared Kushner will be under intense scrutiny at a time when his father-in-law has named him everything but chief cook and bottle washer", Democratic strategist David Axelrod, a former top White House adviser to President Barack Obama, told Politico.

"But for people associated with the campaign after that campaign has ended and where the Russians during that campaign were helping you, to try to establish a back channel and hide it from your own government, that's a serious allegation", he said. "For example, he also started conversations with leaders from Saudi Arabia that led to the president's recent successful worldwide trip".

The investigation into alleged Russian interference began at the request of the former administration over suspicion that Moscow may have helped sway the election in favor of Trump. "They are not our friends".

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