The White House defends Jared Kushner's contacts with Russian Federation

05 Juin, 2017, 20:02 | Author: Claudine Rigal

These allegations come as President Trump returned from a nine-day trip across the Middle East and Europe.

Donald Trump's Jewish son-in-law and key adviser has been caught up in an escalating scandal over the U.S. president's links to Russian Federation, after it was revealed that he set up a secret "back channel" before Trump even took office.

Last week, however, the Washington Post reported that in December previous year Kushner sought to set up a secret "back channel" between Trump's team and Russian Federation.

White House aides also told the Journal that "for all the media focus on Mr. Kushner's Russian Federation conversations, he still hasn't been contacted by investigators".

Russia, a pivotal player in Syria, has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, often at the expense of civilians and at odds with United States of America policy during Syria's long civil war. "And 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".

The White House faces mounting questions about potential ties between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's presidential campaign, which are also the subject of criminal and congressional investigations.

The newspaper cited anonymous U.S. officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.

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The 36-year-old Kushner, a real estate developer with no previous government experience, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former US officials told Reuters. Flynn remains under federal investigation in Virginia over his foreign business ties.

The alleged meeting between Kislyak, Kushner and former USA presidential National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reportedly took place in New York City in December 2016.

"We have back-channel communications with a number, any number of countries, no I would not be concerned about it", said McMaster.

It cites a source familiar with the matter and says the idea of a permanent back channel was not talked about. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added, along with crisis communication experts.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, were asked about the Post story on Saturday but declined to comment.

In private conversations, Ivanka Trump and Kushner have reportedly complained about what he sees as undue scrutiny for his actions, which he views as reflecting the president's inexperience and unconventional diplomatic methods. "And that's really all that we know", she said.

The Post quoted USA officials Friday as saying that the move was meant to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from scrutiny. "In addition to that, and perhaps most importantly, he is a very good person".


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