Shortly after the election, Kushner is reported to have discussed setting up a secret communications channel with the Russian government to facilitate sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria.
"When that strategy is complete, we'll have something for you on it", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday at his daily news conference, the first after the return of President Donald Trump from his maiden overseas trip.
- White House communications director Mike Dubke said Tuesday he is resigning. Just back from his nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, Trump dismissed recent reports as "fake news". 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". "#FakeNews is the enemy!" the United States leader wrote, spelling errors and all.
Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Russian officials must be laughing at the USA & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News".
Even as he did not directly answer questions from reporters, Spicer nearly seemed to confirm stories that Kushner had sought a secret communications channel with Moscow during the transition.
They're peppering the president's national security team with questions about the damage they believe Trump caused by sharing top-secret intelligence with the Russians on May 10.
A senior administration official said Kushner was keeping his head down and focusing on work after the foreign trip. "I would not be concerned about it".More news: Thousands Of People Evacuated From Coastal Areas As Cyclone Mora Hits Bangladesh
"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly said.
"They need to quarantine this stuff and put the investigations in a separate communications operation", said Jack Quinn, who served as White House counsel for President Bill Clinton. "But it's the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election".
"I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere".
Asked how it was appropriate for a private citizen - as Kushner was at the time - to engage in back-channel diplomacy, Spicer again refereed to Kelly's and McMaster's general comments about the practice.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is uneasy with a report that Trump son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner attempted to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin during the transition, before Mr. Trump was inaugurated.
At the same time, talks with two former advisers, Corey Lewandowski and David N. Bossie, about joining the White House staff grew more complicated.
The president has reportedly brought in a private attorney and the White House has set up a "war room" to deal with the Russian Federation inquiries by congressional committees, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who also is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "We're chasing our tails as a nation when it comes to the Russians", Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN.
"There's a lot of this stuff that has gotten pushed out based on unnamed unaccountable sources and it is very troubling", he said.