President Trump on Sunday again criticized "fake news" and stories based on anonymous sources, amid ongoing reports about Trump's inner circle allegedly colluding with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election that now includes adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Shortly after Trump's remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russian Federation, as "a good thing".
US President Donald Trump dismissed many unidentified sources as phony and said leaks from the White House were "fake news" on Sunday (May 28), following reports his son-in-law Jared Kushner tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office. The article said Kushner sought to set up a secret line of communication with Russian Federation during the presidential transition.
His latest tweets came as The Washington Post, New York Times, Reuters and other outlets reported that Kushner is part of investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the president's campaign and transition teams.
"I don't see a big deal", Kelly, the former head of U.S. Southern Command, said on "Fox News Sunday". And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community.
"We have back-channel communications with any number of individual" countries, McMaster said. "It allows you to communicate in a discreet manner".
Republicans, meanwhile, downplayed the reports about Kushner - with Sen. "Let their name be put out", Trump said then. "They reached out to us yesterday to make sure that we knew that was the case". "The whole story line is suspicious".
Kushner's lawyer has said his client is willing to talk to federal and congressional investigators about the matter.
"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Trump wrote.
Mr Trump's private legal team, led by his NY lawyer, Mr Marc Kasowitz, was preparing to meet in Washington to face new questions about contact between Mr Kushner and representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Other Democrats, including Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois Sen. USA officials said Mr Kushner held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, and the head of Vnesheconombank, a state-owned lender under U.S. sanctions.
On CNN's "State of the Union", Booker said he had "very serious concerns" but was not ready yet to call for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked.