White House pushes back on Russia allegations

White House pushes back on Russia allegations

White House. Let's turn now to reports that back in December before Donald Trump became president, his son-in-law Jared Kushner explored setting up a back channel to communicate with Russian Federation.

Mr. Lewandowski said it would be easier for someone who has a "pre-existing" relationship with Mr. Trump to fill the role of White House communications director.

Spicer did not elaborate further at an audio-only White House press briefing he ended after about 12 minutes.

He praises Fox News propaganda that supports his agenda (including when it relies on unnamed sources) and has even given White House press passes to extremist right-wing organizations, such as InfoWars, that traffic in conspiracy theories about Democrats. "FBI agents also remain keenly interested in former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe". A final day has not been set, Dubke said."Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the president and the president's policies moving forward", he said. "This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in American government". Mike Dubke, the current communications director, announced Tuesday he would be leaving the White House in the near future for "personal reasons".

In the vast scheme of things, whether Dubke willingly quit or was forced to resign isn't all that important. "When in fact you all, in every one of the meetings that we sit in, watch the president with that one ear piece that has been used by other presidents".

What complicates things further for the White House, though, is that the Trump administration is not only in the midst of communications chaos, but now under investigation for a scandal that has the potential to make history.

Trump also will take more questions directly from the media, Axios reported.

Spicer's response? Citing a tweet by a BBC reporter that erroneously reported that the President was not wearing an earpiece to hear the translation of remarks made by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Asked to comment on the reporting that White House adviser Jared Kushner had sought a secret backchannel by which to communicate with the Russians, Spicer offered only this: "I am not going to get into what the president did or didn't discuss".

"Ultimately the best messenger is the president himself", he added.

Spicer pushed back Tuesday on the idea that a broader reorganization was imminent, but he acknowledged the president is frustrated with news stories "that are absolutely false, that are not based in fact".

The White House has not named a successor for Mr Dubke.

P.S. Keep an eye out for statements from Trump loyalists Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie as it's believed they'll be tapped to take over for Michael!

The first went to The Washington Post's Philip Rucker, who asked whether Trump knew at the time that his senior adviser, Jared Kushner, sought to create a secret communication channel with Russian Federation in December.

However, Mr Kushner is now reportedly under scrutiny as part of the FBI's investigation into alleged Moscow influence that is engulfing Mr Trump's fledgling presidency.

The idea is to do something like other White Houses who've been under investigations have done, which is set up a war room or some special operation to handle responses to questions about the Russian Federation investigation and then wall it off from the rest of the White House. "Because somehow, "back channel" has a more nefarious connotation than 'front channel'".

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