White House Briefing Amid Reports Of Staff Changes, Russia Developments

Trump Says the Trade Deficit With Germany Is ‘Very Bad’ – but Is It Really?                 

     

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Trump Says the Trade Deficit With Germany Is ‘Very Bad’ – but Is It Really? REUTERS Jonathan Ernst

In addition to Jared Kushner's meeting with Russian Envoy Sergey Kislyak, congressional and federal investigators are also closely scrutinizing another meeting Mr. Trump's son-in-law and top aide had during the transition period, the New York Times reported Monday.

Echoing President Trump's tweets, a White House spokesman blasted "fake news" about the Administration and declined to answer questions about recent reports on Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

And Mr Trump, who had been uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter during his nine-day trip overseas, resumed tweeting on Sunday, dismissing allegations of Russian Federation ties as "fake news" and "fabricated lies".

Another White House member, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, also defended Kushner's use of back-channel communications with Russian Federation on ABC's "This Week": "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us is a good thing".

President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff and grapples with a burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Trump officials were preparing to establish a "war room" to address an issue that has begun to dominate his young presidency. He added that it is "very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers". "#FakeNews is the enemy!" Members of Trump's White House have regularly requested anonymity when speaking to the press. Spicer came prepared to deflect questions about Angela Merkel's statement that Europeans could no longer rely on the USA, saying that her relationship with Trump was "fairly unbelievable" - an interesting choice of words to say the least.

Investigations into Russian interference in the American presidential election aren't only getting close to Donald Trump, they've begun to stir up concerns about the chain of command.

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly said on ABC Sunday.

U.S. President Donald Trump lashes out against the media over coverage of the Russian Federation probe and questions about his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. Now communication is a bad thing for them?

Speaking during a visit to Australia, McCain told the Australian Broadcasting Company Russia has tried to "destroy the very fundamental of democracy" with efforts to influence the USA presidential election and others elsewhere in the world. (At age 36 he can not remember meeting with Russian diplomats only several months ago?) The American public needs to know the reason for the attempt to set up a covert communication channel with Russia.

"Your question assumes facts that have not been confirmed", Spicer said. Earlier this month, Trump fired James Comey, the FBI director who was overseeing that investigation. "They are not our friends".

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