Donald Trump attacks 'fake news' following Jared Kushner reports

  • Donald Trump attacks 'fake news' following Jared Kushner reports

Donald Trump attacks 'fake news' following Jared Kushner reports

Clapper previously testified before a Senate judiciary subcommittee that he was not aware of any evidence demonstrating collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation - but he also said he had been unaware of an FBI investigation into the matter until former FBI Director James Comey announced it publicly at a House hearing in March.

Shortly after the tweets, Mr Trump's Homeland Security Secretary, Mr John Kelly, made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to describe any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russian Federation, as "a good thing".

"I honestly can't say that it's going to be a wave", one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters at the White House.

But Russia's efforts to interfere with the election are now well established, and the possibility that seemed more spy novel-inspired than real world - that there might have been collusion between the Trump campaign and allies of Vladimir Putin - no longer seems out of the realm of possibility.

Morell also quibbled with the use of the term "back channel" to describe the communications line allegedly sought by Kushner.

Acknowledging that Kushner's conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak occurred "during the transition period, I think", Kelly told NBC's Chuck Todd Sunday that he sees no cause for concern. But that law, first passed by Congress in during the John Adams administration, has never been successfully enforced. "It's just really stupid", said Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor.

"The last few days have also shown me that the times when we could completely rely on others are to some extent over", Merkel said in a speech at a climate conference in Berlin on Monday, echoing her language of the day before. The comments expanded on a defense first put forward Saturday by national security adviser H.R. McMaster in a news conference in Sicily. Kushner's portfolio includes trying to secure Middle East peace to leading the White House office of "American innovation". Those back channels allow two sides to negotiate without public posturing and internal opposition, decreasing the risks if talks fall through. Cory Booker, New Jersey, said the reported Kushner meeting needs additional probing. "Neither can bind their governments". They're laughing at Donald Trump.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanked Dubke in a statement and said he had "offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded".

When another reporter again pointed out that one false tweet from a BBC reporter didn't drive news coverage for the president's trip, Spicer chided them for saying the tweet wasn't a big deal.