White House Briefing Amid Reports Of Staff Changes, Russia Developments

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff.

Ivanka Trump is "proud" of what her husband accomplished on the President's first foreign trip, per the official.

On Sunday, the interview programs were dominated by allegations, first published Friday by the Post, that Kushner, at a December 2016 meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, proposed the establishment of a back channel for communications between Russian military officials and the Trump transition team. The White House's plans for the week remain largely unclear; Trump scrapped a planned trip to Iowa for a rally.

One wonders if this White House even has a clue.

On the bombing investigation Trump wrote: "British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the United Kingdom gave to USA about Manchester was leaked". "Gave me full details!"

Trump also wrote that "many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies".

The new turn in the conflict between the fascistic president and his cabinet of oligarchs and generals, on the one side, and state forces opposed to Trump's supposed "softness" toward Russian Federation, on the other, comes the same week that the White House released a budget proposal calling for $1.7 trillion in social cuts, including the virtual destruction of Medicaid, the government health program for the poor.

"In addition to that, and perhaps more important, he is a very good person", Trump added. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Lewandowski's return would be notable, given the fact that he was sacked by Trump after clashing with staff and Trump's adult children.

On his "big foreign trip", as he called it, Trump repeatedly talked about Russian Federation and the ongoing investigation, according to an ally close to the White House.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser has put down roots in the Washington, D.C., area.

However, the eve of his return brought the biggest story to date: A Washington Post report about Kushner's alleged proposal to the Russians to create a secret channel out of the reach of U.S. spymasters.

According to the WaPo report, Kushner had suggested the use of Russian diplomatic facilities as a way to evade US monitoring during pre-inauguration discussions with Kislyak. Michael Flynn, since fired as the president's national security advisor for his Russian associations, was also at the meeting. Flynn was sacked in February, officials saying he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call. Preet Bharara, who was the USA attorney in Manhattan at the time said the spy was under "the guise of being a legitimate banker, gathered intelligence as an agent of the Russian Federation in NY".

"As you've seen, that we've had Cabinet secretaries and other administration officials going up to the podium and being part of the briefings when the issue sets that they're working on are actually part of the news of the day".

Other major issues await decisions by Trump. He has signaled he will make a decision on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

James Comey - who was sacked from his post as FBI director by Trump this month - told a congressional committee in March that the Federal Bureau of Investigation also was investigating "whether there was any coordination" with Trump's campaign.

Trump, who was initially expected to stop by the PGA golf tournament hosted at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, made no public appearances Sunday. And after getting settled back in Washington, Trump was quick to praise a bit of good, though not surprising, news he received while overseas: a Republican victory in a special election to fill a vacant House seat in Montana.

Trump also has to decide soon on a Pentagon recommendation to add more US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, as well as boosting reinforcement for the beleaguered Afghan forces.

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