Trump retweets report based on anonymous source after blasting anonymous sources

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US President Donald Trump defended his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, on Sunday evening amid swirling allegations that he sought a secret communications link to Russian Federation, saying that he had full confidence in him and that he was a good person. Former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie reportedly met with President Trump Monday at the White House, though whether either will be tapped to official positions in the administration-as opposed to advocating for Trump more aggressively as outside "crisis managers"-remains to be seen".

The allegations came after Mr Kushner was said to be under scrutiny as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "Which says false statement punishable by imprisonment".

President Trump came to the defense of his son-in-law and key adviser Jared Kushner on Sunday, after allegations that he tried to establish a backchannel communication line with the Kremlin.

"If this is true, #Kushner needs to resign".

Nevertheless, some critics have called for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked, while others say he should temporarily step aside while his ties to Moscow are being reviewed.

In yet another tweet, amid criticism of his frequent Twitter rants, Trump wrote: "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!" Administration officials have also pointed to a line in the Post's report that "Russia at times feeds false information into communication streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation and confusion among USA analysts".

The disclosure of the back channel has put the White House on the defensive.

US Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said such secret channels may be used in situations including peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan or for the release of American hostages.

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The New York Times and Washington Post said he wanted to use Russian facilities to avoid U.S. interception of discussions with Moscow.

The president went on the offensive Sunday morning without pointing to any of the specific reports, but he told his 30.8 million Twitter followers that it was his "opinion" that numerous "leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media".

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

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, told Congress this month that the deception left Flynn vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russians.

"He is a member of the family, he is a trusted adviser". "It's bad for the prospects of calm at the White House".

Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Reuters reported.

Following the reports, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) urged Trump to fire his son-in-law from his position as White House advisor.

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