President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared "Got Dem Visas" Kushner, wanted to have a burner phone in the White House that was directly connected to Russian Federation; the White House communications director has resigned; and someone tweeted some fake-ass message from Trump's presidential Twitter account-you know, the one he doesn't use-to condemn the terrorist attacks in Portland, Ore.
Spicer began the briefing by reading for about 10 minutes the White House's very generous take on President Donald Trump's first overseas trip. Over the nine-day trip, he or his aides used the president's Twitter account to promote his foreign and domestic policies, thank his hosts and otherwise stay on message.
"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he wrote Sunday morning.
He also tweeted: "Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names ..." The German-U.S. relationship has been a bedrock of post-World War II foreign policy, and Merkel is still "a deeply convinced trans-Atlanticist", her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Monday.
Princeling in Chief Jared Kushner is once again at the center of a crisis engulfing the White House, with reports indicating the President's son-in-law is under investigation for allegedly requesting a secure channel for the campaign to speak to Russian authorities.
The talks between Kushner and the Russians, if confirmed, would raise new questions about the Trump team's relationship with Moscow, which USA intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November election in the property tycoon's favor.More news: Chris Stapleton postpones shows, cancels CMA Music Fest appearance
As of now, Kushner's position with the White House appears to remain the same and his security clearance seems to have remained unchanged. "We Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands - of course in friendship with the United States of America, in friendship with Great Britain, and as good neighbors wherever that is possible also with other countries, even with Russian Federation". "So no, I would not be concerned about it". The comments expanded on a defense first put forward Saturday by national security adviser H.R. McMaster in a news conference in Sicily.
"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly responded.
"I'm wondering, Sean, if you could tell us when the president knew - whether the President knew at the time that Jared Kushner was seeking to establish back-channel communications at the Russian Embassy to the Russian government?" "But it's the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election".
"You have to ask", he said on ABC's "This Week", "well, who are they hiding the conversations from?" John McCain, who recently observed that the situation has simply become "more and more bizarre" and that Mr. Kelly's explanation of back channel communications as standard procedure doesn't wash, particularly when it involves someone who wasn't even a government employee at the time. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person".
Meanwhile, the White House is shaking up its communications team.
The wider investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling is being led by Robert Mueller, a respected former FBI director who was given broad powers to pursue the case as a special counsel. Schiff said he expects Kushner to testify before the House intelligence committee.