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President Trump: Kushner is doing a 'great job' for the country

03 June 2017, 04:25 | Katrina Lee

'Kushner more than willing to answer Russia-related questions'

Trump dismisses 'fabricated' report of Kushner's outreach to Russia

Top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway dismissed concerns over reports that Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, had proposed a secret back channel between Russian Federation and the Trump transition team.

Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday morning that Trump retains full confidence in Kushner, as well. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programmes that will save our country billions of dollars.

Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, spoke with a Russian banker while searching for ways to set up the secret line with Putin, a meeting now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Congress.

The briefing came four days after The Washington Post reported the president's son-in-law and senior adviser tried to set up back-channel communications with the Russians during the transition.

The Post reported that the direct line would have been conducted through Russian diplomatic facilities to avoid being monitored in us communication systems.

Trump, who made no public appearances Sunday, was expected to deliver remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Some Democrats have called for cancelling Kushner's security clearance which he enjoys as a senior adviser to the president.

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Just back from visiting the Middle East and Europe, Trump on Sunday dismissed recent reports as "fake news". She held a roundtable discussion on the topic shortly before departing for the trip, met with human trafficking victims in Rome, and held another meeting on the topic at the White House on Friday.

Kushner is presently under scrutiny as investigators widened the area of investigation of the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

But former CIA Director John McLaughlin said if an intel officer attempted what Kushner is accused of it would be considered espionage.

"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 exsist but are made up by fake news writers". There are no allegations of wrongdoing, and there is no indication Kushner is a current target of the FBI's investigation.

It's not the first time Trump has said the Russians are laughing the U.S.

"We have back-channel communications with any number of individual" countries, McMaster told Reuters in an interview, saying a back channel between a member of the administration and a Russian embassy or Kremlin official wouldn't worry him.

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