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Kushner and the back story of back channels

Kenny Thornton | 01 Июня, 2017, 09:28

Instead, in the first press briefing since President Trump returned from a nine-day trip overseas, Spicer focused on the fact that The Washington Post story, which first reported the request, used anonymous sourcing.

In the background, Mr Trump's advisers are reportedly beginning to establish a crisis-control communications operation to separate inquiries regarding the Russian Federation investigation and related scandals from issues connected to policy and legislation.

Mike Dubke confirmed reports he had resigned, saying in a statement, "It has been my great honour to serve President Trump and this administration".

The resignation of the White House's communications director may be the first in a series of changes to the West Wing as the Trump administration attempts to fight growing legal and political threats while also trying to push forward the President's legislative agenda. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added, along with crisis communication experts, to help the White House in the weeks ahead.

Mr Lewandowski was forced out in June past year amid reports of a power struggle with Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser.

Trump also has renewed his criticism of Germany following Chancellor Angela Merkel's suggestion that her country needs to adopt a more independent stance in world affairs. At the time, a White House official dismissed it as a brief courtesy meeting.Bossie told "Fox & Friends" that the Trump administration has reached out to him but hasn't offered him a job yet."I have total confidence in him". Dubkey agreed to stay on at the White House to handle the transition to his successor, but so far no replacement has been named.

The resignation of communications chief Dubke and Spicer's press briefing walkout come amid reports that the president is looking to bring in fresh blood to try to turn around his embattled four-month-old presidency.

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He was previously a Republican strategist who founded Crossroads Media and had long ties to party establishment figures, including strategist Karl Rove.

Asked at an off-camera briefing for reaction to upcoming congressional testimony from fired FBI Director James Comey, press secretary Sean Spicer referred questions for the first time to the newly named outside lawyer.

Morell also quibbled with the use of the term "back channel" to describe the communications line allegedly sought by Kushner.

Daily White House briefings have been dominated by questions about Russian Federation, and Trump's advisers feared the controversy could seep into Trump's foreign trip if he held a news conference.

The White House has not named a successor for Mr Dubke. However, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned after failing to properly disclose his own contacts with Russian officials, told the Senate Intelligence Committee he will begin turning over some documents subpoenaed by the panel, a government source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Kasowitz has represented Trump in the past.

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