Donald Trump's communications chief Mike Dubke leaving, White House says

Donald Trump's communications chief Mike Dubke leaving, White House says

The relationship between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "fairly unbelievable", the White House has said.

President Trump tells the New York Times he has "total confidence" in his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Investigators want to know why Kushner secretly met in December with officials at the NY branch of a Russian bank, ABC News reports.

The talks between Mr 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 last November's election. One source said his contacts with Russians have been the subject of scrutiny for months, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Dubke said in a statement "It has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration". On that topic, Trump tweeted Sunday night: "I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere".

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

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER H.R. MCMASTER, on Mr Jared Kushner's alleged proposal to the Russians to create a secret channel out of the reach of U.S. spymasters. "So you know there's a lot of different ways to communicate - back-channel, publicly - with other countries".

Trump also wrote that "many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies".

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. "Hard work but big results", he said as he slammed the U.S. media for using leaks against him.

Trump also said he trusts his 36-year-old senior adviser, Kushner, because he is a very good person.

USA representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said such secret channels may be used in situations including peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan or for the release of American hostages.

The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP and other news outlets confirmed. The Times" report says Kushner assured Trump that the firing would "be a political "win' that would neutralize protesting Democrats because they had called for Mr. Comey's ouster".

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