Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team

Emmett Rice
May 31, 2017

"I do think there ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid", Schiff said. Although he declares the trip to have been a success, other foreign leaders disagree and were troubled by the US president's stubbornness and refusal to answer questions."Just because you have a back channel, if indeed that's what Jared was after, doesn't mean that he then keeps everything secret", Kelly said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

"Qualification number one, Trump trusts him", New York Times reporter Sharon LaFraniere said.

Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser of President Trump, talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, prior to Trump's taking office, about establishing a backchannel for communications about Syria and other policy matters, sources told ABC News.

Kushner's connection with the Russian Federation probe was alleged in a Washington Post report while Trump was on a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that he was not troubled by Jared Kushner's reported attempts to establish a back-channel with Russian Federation.

Trump believed he was facing more of a communications problem than a legal one, despite the intensifying inquiries, one person familiar with his thinking told the AP.

McMaster, a decorated three-star Army general, was asked whether he would be concerned if an official on his National Security Council staff or elsewhere in the Trump administration sought a back-channel communications system with the Russian embassy or the Kremlin in Moscow.

Without directly addressing the Post report, Trump defended Kushner in a statement to The New York Times published Sunday, saying he has "total confidence in him".

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The New York Times and Washington Post said he wanted to use Russian facilities to avoid US interception of discussions with Moscow. Kushner spoke with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA, about creating the secret line to make it easier to hold sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017 Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names.

Meanwhile, Trump, returning from a nine-day diplomatic tour in the Middle East and Europe, resumed a Twitter tirade about domestic issues on Sunday, calling alleged leaks from the White House lies created by the "fake news media" as sources have remained unnamed.

After some delay, a senior Trump administration official en route back to Washington briefed reporters for nearly 25 minutes, on matters from anti-terror cooperation to the administration's view that the summit had been a smashing success - despite huge differences on climate change.

Kushner is presently under scrutiny as investigators widened the area of investigation of the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser past year, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy.

Kushner 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.

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