As Trump grapples with crisis, communications aide steps down

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 1, 2017

On the campaign trail, he mastered the art of vague assurance that he stood for whatever his audience stood for, and, in office, that skill doesn't seem to have faded.

"It's normal in my opinion and acceptable", Kelly said of the reports that Kushner made the request for a secret communications channel to the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.

As Trump knows, though, there are many reasons for someone to provide information without wanting to be identified.

Also on Monday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel accused Trump of making the West as a whole "weaker" with his "short-sighted policies".

According to administration officials and persons close to Trump, the president plans to bring in new aides to the White House, adding experienced political professionals including Trump's former campaign manager. It happens so often that the abbreviation "SAO" is understood immediately by the press.

The back channel was meant to connect Michael Flynn, who later became Trump's first national security adviser, with Russian military leaders, the AP reported.

The communications director oversees the White House messaging and promotes its agenda.

Kushner discussed creating a backchannel between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to discuss military operations in Syria and other matters in a meeting last December with Russian ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak, sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

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

The Democratic National Committee has called for Kushner's security clearance to be suspended until the federal investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump associates is completed. Nonetheless, Lewandowski has the trust of the president - an advantage that many of Trump's aides lack.

Six of the sources said there were multiple contacts between Kushner and Kislyak but declined to give details beyond the two phone calls between April and November and the post-election conversation about setting up a back channel.

The California Democrat says it's a serious allegation to have a key Trump campaign figure seeking secret communications with a country that intelligence experts say intervened in a US election.

"Any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing", Kelly said.

- Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke exclusively to ABC News' Martha Raddatz on "This Week" Sunday about his concerns with Kusher, Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor.

Just back from his nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, Trump dismissed recent reports as "fake news".

Meanwhile, a parade of senior administration officials tried to downplay the story, saying it was not all that unusual to establish "back-channel" ties with a foreign government.

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.

According to the Post's report, Kislyak shared Kushner's offer with his superiors in Russian Federation, and those communications were intercepted by USA intelligence officials. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person", Trump said as quoted by The News York Times. "They are not our friends". The source said the intercepted communications suggested to United States intelligence that Russians believed "they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information".

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