Democrats aim to keep focus on Donald Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats

Democrats aim to keep focus on Donald Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats

Democrats aim to keep focus on Donald Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats

A person familiar with Trump's thinking says the president believes he is facing more of a communications problem than a legal one.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined Tuesday to comment on reports that presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner hoped to set up a back-channel communication with the Russian government during the transition to the new administration.

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".

Trump did not come out directly and defend Kushner, but decried what he called the "fake news media" in a series of tweets earlier Sunday.

He declared his "total confidence" in Kushner, who boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and global responsibilities, underscoring his importance as Trump's chief adviser despite having no experience in politics before the 2016 White House race.

"And that is why I can only say: We Europeans must really take our destiny in our own hands - of course in friendship with the United States, in friendship with Great Britain with good neighbourly relations wherever possible, also with Russian Federation and other countries - but we have to know that we have to fight for our future and our fate ourselves as Europeans". "I think it's very important to recognize that the president has expressed full confidence in Jared Kushner and also went on to note the considerable progress and very large important portfolio that Jared oversees here at the White House". He is respected by everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars.

Trump struck back Sunday, after maintaining a limited social media presence throughout his nine-day trip.

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Kelly's common-sense reply was that, "It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable".

Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was skeptical of the back-channel story because he did not trust Russian officials.

While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into alleged Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement.

Meanwhile, Trump's personal attorney visited the White House over the weekend sparking speculation that Trump is gearing up for a long legal battle over some of these brewing investigations.

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

A Washington Post report alleging that Jared Kushner was seeking to open a secure, private line with Russian Federation is false, a source familiar with the matter has told Fox News. He added that it is "very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".

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