wnol.info January 22 2018

Trump hits out at 'fake news' following Kushner reports

January 22 2018, 08:33 | Guillermo Bowen

United States President Donald Trump said yesterday that numerous leaks from the White House were "fake news", following reports that his son-in-law Jared Kushner had tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Mr Trump took office.

And then the subject of leaks was clearly still gnawing at him as he took to Twitter nearly two hours later to note how angry British leaders were that USA officials leaked details of the Manchester attack to the American press.

Reports also say that Kushner proposed that a secret communications channel could be set up between the Trump transition team and Russian Federation. Gianforte won a day after he was charged with assaulting a reporter.

Trump's Sunday mini tweet storm represented a return to form for a president who largely refrained from tweeting anything provocative or controversial during his trip overseas last week. There were also revelations this month of a memo that Comey wrote that says Mr. Trump asked him to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn. In the final days of the trip, it was reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking at senior adviser Kushner over his contacts with the Russians.

Both The Wall Street Journal - on Friday - and the Washington daily, on Sunday, reported that Trump is planning a big shakeup in the White House, including possibly dismissing or reducing the role of Press Secretary Sean Spicer. He declined to do the same during several such talks on the just-concluded trip, where he met with, among others, the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The president did not hold a press conference during his nine-day trip, leaving top White House aides to give brief remarks and take a few questions.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn't hold his regular daily briefings, although he answered pool reporters' questions during an off-camera gaggle at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels. Cohn eventually said, "We're not going to comment on Jared".

Trump arrived back at the White House Saturday night.

With no scheduled events yesterday, Mr Trump was back on social media with a string of messages critical of the media.

The probe into Mr Kushner, first reported by the Washington Post, is focusing on his efforts to set up a "back channel" to communicate with the Kremlin before Mr Trump assumed office.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he wrote the morning after his return home.

The commander in chief told followers that whenever they read "sources say" in articles "it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".

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