Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a 'good thing'

01 June 2017, 12:47 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Keith Crain is Editor-in Chief of Automotive News

Keith Crain is Editor-in Chief of Automotive News

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings".

Trump is grappling with a burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. The communications channel was never set up, the people said.

Kushner, according to the New York Times, has been talking to friends about leaving, and they say he's serious.

"Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organisations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing and, again, it comes back to whatever the communication is, comes back into the government and shared across the government".

But Kushner is, reportedly, conducting his own investigation - into whether he and Trump's daughter Ivanka should move back to New York City, where they lived before joining her father's administration. According to the Post, the idea was to allow Trump's chief national security adviser at the time, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, to discuss with confidentiality options for collaboration between the two countries in the Syrian war as well as other sensitive issues.

Mike Dubke, the Hamburg native who signed on to be President Trump's communications director only three months ago, has resigned in what could just be part one of a White House staff shakeup.

In an interview on Fox News on Tuesday, Conway said Dubke "made very clear that he would see through the president's worldwide trip, and come to work every day and work hard even through that trip because there was much to do here back at the White House".

Kushner's request for a backchannel came during a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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Congressional Democrats have demanded to hear directly from Kushner about the allegations against him, CBS reported. The person, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss private conversations. At the time, a White House official dismissed it as a brief courtesy meeting.

"We're not going to comment on Jared".

Before departing Italy for the U.S., White House officials refused to address the reports about Kushner.

Dubke remained largely behind the scenes as one Trump controversy after another poured out of the White House, with leaks often fueling the news - and the president then taking to Twitter to rage about them. He added: "Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names ... it is very possible that those sources don't exist".

There is no indication Kushner is now a target of the FBI's probe, and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, a parade of senior administration officials tried to downplay the story, saying it was not all that unusual to establish "back-channel" ties with a foreign government. Flynn was sacked in February, officials saying he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

The escalation of the campaign against Trump coincides with his failure at the Brussels summit to clearly affirm support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its military-strategic offensive against Russian Federation, and his attack on Germany at the G7 meeting in Italy.



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