Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump eyes White House overhaul

CBS News has confirmed Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, discussed setting up back-channel communications between the Trump transition team and Russian Federation during a December meeting.

Taking his outrage to Twitter, Mr Trump said it was his opinion numerous White House leaks were "fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media". He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person".

NBC News reported last week that Kushner has come under scrutiny in the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by US officials.

At a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, a reporter asked the Israeli prime minister if he still trusted US authorities with sensitive intelligence following reports that Trump had shared secret intel from Israel with the Russians during an Oval Office meeting.

Kelly did not address the question of using Russian communications channels from a Russian diplomatic outpost to shield those discussions. Sources tell the Times that even President Trump was annoyed by this, and he's made "snarky, disparaging comments" about Kushner's family in recent weeks.

Trump also said that "many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies".

The White House crisis management plan, Jared Kushner's standing with the boss and new congressional wrinkles in the Russian Federation investigation - they're all a part of our Inside Politics forecast.

Trump has been frustrated by what he views as his team's inability to contain the burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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He added: "Whenever you see the words 'sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers'.

"I think any time you have channels of communication with a country - particularly one like Russian Federation - I wouldn't criticize it", Kelly reiterated.

Ivanka Trump will not be involved in the White House's internal, war room-like operation aimed at developing a rapid-response and communications strategy in an attempt to keep up with the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, per the administration official.

President Trump unleashed his frustration with the press and the probes into Russia's connections with his team in a Sunday Twitter rant.

Administration officials close to President Donald Trump have been pushing Kushner to step aside while the FBI investigates meetings that Kushner he had with Russian figures during the transition period following the November election, The Hill reported.

He said the United States could not necessarily trust messages from Russian Federation, but would include this distrust as another "data point" in White House deliberations. He suggested that Kushner would have relayed any information exchanged in such meetings to the US government to try to broker a more favorable relationship with an adversary. He said there was also a big question as to what role Mr Kushner should have.

Kushner was joined by Michael Flynn, the retired general who would resign as Trump's national security adviser after reports that he secretly spoke with Kislyak about sanctions.

According to anonymous sources speaking to The New York Times, Trump's aides are preparing a staff shakeup, including building "war room" of communications specialists and lawyers in order to deal with damaging revelations more effectively.

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