Trump says Jared Kushner is 'doing a great job'

May 31, 2017, 00:10
Trump says Jared Kushner is 'doing a great job'

Mr Kushner, who organised the president's Middle East stops at the start of the foreign trip, chose to return to Washington with several days yet to go, and has been unusually subdued since then. But the said official did not address the Kushner reports on Saturday. "I have total confidence in him", he said in a statement to The New York Times.

U.S. President Donald Trump is defending Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, who news reports say attempted to establish a back-channel communications link to Russian officials in the weeks before Trump assumed power in January.

The meeting with Gorkov, the Times said, came at Russian Envoy Sergey Kislyak's request.

"So there was contact, and the Russians did want a back channel contact and that's why he responded", Kilmeade said.

Aides said Trump was expected to meet with lawyers as early as Sunday, the New York Times reported.

"Mr. Kushner has consistently said that he will share what he knows about these meetings, and the details pertaining to, which were previously reported in March", she added.

Additionally, Republican Sen. John McCain told an Australian news station that he was not pleased to hear reports regarding Kushner. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing". The person and others discussing private conversations spoke on condition of anonymity.

Such a back channel, if it was sought by Kushner, would be unprecedented, retired US Air Force General and former National Security Adviser director Michael Hayden told CNN.

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Flynn attended the meeting at Trump Tower with Kislyak.

The reports began unfolding after reports late Thursday that said Kushner had been named as a focus in a probe of Russian interference in the US election last fall.

The Trump relative suggested Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S. for the private talks, Kisylak reportedly said. He remains an influential confidant within the White House, as does his wife, Ivanka Trump.

And others doubted there was any naivete on the part of Kushner who is a mogul in his own right, and an attorney with a graduate business degree at 36 years old.

The Examiner gleefully adds that although Kushner may not be on his way out already, he and Ivanka are regularly reviewing their work in Washington, D.C., and may decide to go back to MA at any given time.

He explained that it's common for representatives of an incoming administration to "get their feet wet" with foreign officials during the transition process. The Post also reported that Mr. Kushner had proposed the communications channel and that it took Mr. Kislyak by surprise. "If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a back channel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain" his current level of security clearance, Schiff said.

His bank is controlled by members of Putin's government, including Prime Minister Dmitry A. Medvedev.

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