The Heat: Donald Trump's challenges

Claudine Rigal
Juin 2, 2017

In his first briefing since President Trump returned from his nine-day worldwide trip, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was looking to highlight the trip's successes.

In interviews Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he did not know if the reports are true.

Kushner tried to establish a secret back channel between the president-elect and the Kremlin after Trump's election, and is reported to have held multiple undisclosed meetings with Russian officials during the campaign and transition.

"Your question presupposes facts that have not been confirmed", he said.

"To now have one of the key European leaders, reach the conclusion that we're no longer the essential nation there, I think it's a sign that we need to improve our game a little bit", said Whitehouse.

"Mr. Kushner's attorney has volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings, and he will do the same if he's contacted in connection with any other inquiry", Spicer said.

"I don't think it is standard procedure prior to the inauguration of a President of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position", said U.S. Sen.

President Donald Trump's former national security advisor has agreed to release documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"I was asked to give an example, and I did it", a testy Spicer shot back.

In the past 24 hours, however, at least three old hands from Trump's campaign - manager Corey Lewandowski, deputy campaign manager David Bossie and communications director Jason Miller - have been spotted departing the West Wing as Trump seeks outside advice.

Kushner's role is oversight and coordination rather than the nuts-and-bolts work of solving problems, like a CEO overseeing divisions of a company, said a person close to him.

Kushner, 36, is married to the president's eldest daughter, Ivanka, and could not be easily replaced in Trump's inner circle.

On Tuesday, Trump worked behind closed doors, interviewing candidates for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director and discussing whether to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement with his EPA administrator.

But if Trump remained unseen, he was certainly not unheard. "Very bad for U.S. This will change".

The eve of his return had brought the biggest story to date: A Washington Post report about Mr Kushner's alleged proposal to the Russians to create a secret channel out of the reach of USA spymasters. "A lot of things have been pushed out based on unnamed unaccountable sources that is very troubling".

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