NYTimes: Kushner Attempted to Set Up Direct Line to Putin

"I have total confidence in him". He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. "In addition to that, and perhaps most importantly, he is a very good person".

There has been no indication that Mr Kushner, who returned from Mr Trump's first foreign trip as president with his wife Ivanka on Friday, may be stepping down from his role as adviser.

Mudd was referring to last week's Washington Post report that Kushner met in December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.to discuss establishing a secret communication channel to the Kremlin that could not be monitored by US intelligence - using Russian facilities.

Some Democrats are already asking for an investigation and even calling for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked.

USA intelligence officials have said that Moscow tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election by hacking Democratic emails - Trump has expressed that it's simply an excuse for Hillary Clinton supporters.

"The last few days have also shown me that the times when we could completely rely on others are to some extent over", Merkel said in a speech at a climate conference in Berlin on Monday, echoing her language of the day before.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, were asked about the Post story on Saturday but declined to comment.

Intelligence experts say Russian Federation meddled in the election.

President Trump tweeted several times Sunday evening, attacking the "Fake News Media" for criticizing his social media habits. "#FakeNews is the enemy!"

"The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don't want America to hear the real story!" he tweeted. The FBI and separate congressional committees are conducting investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates were involved.

The best news for the White House this week may be that Congress is out of session, meaning no new hearings on issues such as the Russian Federation probe or the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey earlier this month.

Kushner is reportedly being investigated for a meeting with a Russian official in which the pair allegedly sought to establish a back-channel communications apparatus to discuss military policy in Syria.

"Mr. Kushner's responsibilities include Middle East peace, relations with Mexico and China, and modernizing government-along with serving as a sounding board and confidant of the president", the Journal reports. She has blamed Russian meddling in the election as one of the reasons she lost.

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