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White House communications director resigns amid tensions

Rickey Rodriguez | 02 June, 2017, 01:42

In a tweet early on Tuesday, Trump shot back against the Russia probes, writing: "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".

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told ABC News on Sunday it was "normal" and "acceptable" to establish back channels with foreign powers.

"He needs to answer for what was happening at the time", Booker said.

In an interview on Fox News on Tuesday, Conway said Dubke "made very clear that he would see through the president's global trip, and come to work every day and work hard even through that trip because there was much to do here back at the White House".

That request, if granted, would be an extraordinary step in the ongoing congressional investigation of the Trump campaign's communications with Russian Federation - and the FBI's inquiry of Kushner's talks with the Kremlin, which have gained greater significance in recent weeks.

"Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names".

Trump, according to one person familiar with his thinking, believed he was facing more of a communications problem than a legal one, despite the intensifying inquiries. The reason? Reports that he suggested creating a secret and secure channel of communication between Trump and the Kremlin.

The disclosure of the back channel has put the White House on the defensive.

Kushner spoke with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA, about creating the secret line to make it easier to hold sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February.

It should be recalled that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from matters related to the Russia investigation, after lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his own meeting with the Russian Ambassador.

Those reports suggested that Flynn may have given Kislyak the impression that the incoming administration might be willing to consider lifting sanctions that were imposed on Moscow following Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, a Ukrainian territory.

In mid-December, Kushner met with Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, who is an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kushner's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick said a few days ago in a statement, "Mr". Gorkov was trained by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

His departure comes amid White House plans for a larger strategic shake-up to tackle head-on allegations involving communication between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, including a "war room" to combat mounting questions and multiple probes.

Members of Trump's White House have regularly requested anonymity when speaking to the press.


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