Trump defends son-in-law amid Russian Federation reports

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She pointed out that Kushner has made it clear he's eager to talk to Congress about his meetings with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, during which a private line of communication between the USA and Russia was reportedly discussed.

After returning late Saturday from his first foreign trip as president, Trump geared up to combat concerns over his advisers' ties to Russian Federation, including explosive reports about Jared Kushner, his indispensable aide-de-camp.

"If you're going to create a back channel that relies exclusively on the Russian communications and apparatus, that's a really serious issue", said Mark Lowenthal, a former assistant director at the Central Intelligence Agency.

In what may be a response to such probing, Trump unleashed a series of aggressive tweets yesterday which accused United States media of fabricating the "leaks" which have plagued his administration.

Trump returned to the White House after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday to face more questions about alleged communications between his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington.

Another White House member, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, also defended Kushner's use of back-channel communications with Russian Federation on ABC's "This Week": "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us is a good thing".

He declared his "total confidence" in Kushner, who boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and worldwide responsibilities, underscoring his importance as Trump's chief adviser despite having no experience in politics before the 2016 White House race. He added: "Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names ... it is very possible that those sources don't exist".

Investigations into Russian interference in the American presidential election aren't only getting close to Donald Trump, they've begun to stir up concerns about the chain of command.

"I have total confidence in him", Trump continued.

And after getting settled back in Washington, Trump was quick to praise a bit of good, though not surprising, news he received while overseas: a Republican victory in a special election to fill a vacant House seat in Montana. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person".

USA media have reported that Trump had pressed Comey in meetings and phone calls to pull back on the investigation. Flynn was sacked in February, officials saying he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call. Separately, he told Fox News: "Any time you have channels of communication with a country, particularly one like Russian Federation, I wouldn't criticise it".

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