Donald Trump dismisses leaks from White House as ‘fake news’ following Jared Kushner reports
US President Donald Trump attacked the media and dismissed the White House leaks as “false news” on Sunday after reports that his stepson tried to establish a secret communication channel with Moscow before Trump took over .
Shortly after Trump on Twitter, National Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television programs to congratulate all such subsequent communication, especially with Russia, as “a good thing.”
The Republican president returned to the White House after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, which ended Saturday to face further questions about alleged communications between Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington.
The White House is faced with important questions about possible links between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign, which are also the subject of criminal investigations and Congress. Triumph officials were preparing to establish a “war room” to deal with a problem that began to dominate his young presidency.
Advisors said Trump was meeting with Sunday’s lawyers, the New York Times reported.
Two Republican senators from the United States have downplayed Kushner’s reports Sunday, while former National Intelligence Director James Clapper took a darker view of these contacts with representatives of Russian President Vladimir Poutine.
“My advice was clearly on and I thought that was the case for all of us in the intelligence community – very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians,” Clapper told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, had contacts with Moscow in December to open a secret communication channel, according to information released, while Trump was absent from his trip.
Kushner, 36, a real estate developer with no previous government experience, had at least three contacts previously disclosed to the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former US officials have told Reuters .
“Whenever you see the words” sources “in the wrong media, and they do not mention names,” Trump said, “it is quite possible that these sources do not exist, but they are made by fake journalists.” FakeNews is the enemy! ”
Contacts between Trump’s shareholders and Russian officials during the campaign agreed that US intelligence agencies have come to the conclusion was a Kremlin crackdown on hacking, false information and propaganda to increase Trump’s chances for Win the White House.
‘A GOOD THING’
White House officials defended the concept of secret communication channels not comment specifically on the Kushner case. National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster told reporters on Saturday that the so-called return channel was not unusual.
Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security, carried the same message Sunday.
“It’s both normal, in my opinion, and it’s unacceptable,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Any way to communicate with people, especially organizations that may not be particularly kind to us, is a good thing.”
Kelly told “Fox News Sunday” that there was nothing wrong with the Trump Transition Team trying to build relations with the Russians as they prepared to take control of the White House.
US Rep. Adam Schiff, the House of Representatives’ best Democrat, said that these secret channels could be used in situations such as peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan and the release of hostages in the United States.
“But for the people associated with the campaign after the end of this campaign and the Russians during this campaign they have helped, trying to establish a one-way channel and hide their own government is a serious indictment,” he said.
Schiff was particularly concerned about a Washington Post report that the backbone was conducted at a Russian diplomatic facility to avoid monitoring US communication systems. “One has to wonder, in addition, that they are hiding the conversation?” He said that on the ABC chain.
Schiff said he hoped that Kushner, who serves as unpaid counselor Trump appears before his committee and suggested that his security clearance be taken into account.