Trump says Jared Kushner is 'doing a great job'

Violet Tucker
May 31, 2017

The president is also reported to be putting together a team of legal advisers to help him navigate the Russian Federation probe that is the subject of multiple investigations - one each by two chambers of USA congress, one by the FBI (now taken over by special counsel Robert Muller) and one by the Pentagon (specifically into Russian Federation contacts of Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn).

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press", said he would not confirm the stories about Kushner's conversations, but added that he was "very concerned" about reports of the Trump administration approaching Russian Federation "from a theoretical standpoint".

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.

"Jared is doing a great job for the country".

Some U.S. news reports, citing Trump aides, say the president could soon establish a White House "war room" to deal with the burgeoning number of questions about his administration's links to Russian Federation. Kushner, Trump added, is "respected by virtually everyone" and "is a very good person".

In the days after the meeting with Mr. Kislyak, Mr. Kushner had a separate meeting with Sergey N. Gorkov, a Russian banker with close ties to President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

The Washington Post reported Kushner had interest in creating a backchannel of communications with the Kremlin.

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The House Intelligence Committee also is investigating Russian interference in the election, and Schiff repeatedly declined to confirm whether the committee had been aware of the allegations against Kushner before The Post's report came out.

The FBI is interested in the details of Kushner's meeting with Kislyak, a meeting that the White House first disclosed in March.

But members of the Trump administration came to the defense of Kushner.

"So, generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is to communicate in a discreet manner".

National security adviser HR McMaster, speaking generally, said: "We have back channel communications with a number of countries".

All eyes are back on Washington President Trump has returned from his nine-day trip overseas and as business picks back up following the Memorial Day holiday, Mr. Trump must return to the realities of being president. A source told CNN the channel was meant to discuss military operations in Syria and other matters.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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