President Donald Trump praised his son-in-law Jared Kushner for the work he has done in the White House amid Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny of Kushner's contacts with Russian Federation and rumors of tension in their relationship.
White House communications director Michael Dubke announced his resignation Tuesday, saying it had been an honor to serve Trump. "It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments". The relationship had already begun to suffer over Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, which Kushner pushed for, and over Kushner's desire to see White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and press secretary Sean Spicer fired, according to the newspaper.
His last day on the job has not yet been determined.
Three members of Trump's campaign admitted publicly that they lied or "forgot" about their meetings with Russians: Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions and Carter Page, who was targeted for recruitment by a Russian spy. He chafes at reports suggesting Trump is planning to shake up the communications team because he isn't satisfied with Spicer's performance. As German Chancellor Angela Merkel's learned in 2013, when a dump of American secrets leaked by Edward Snowden revealed the USA was monitoring her cellphone, good relations don't prevent some spycraft between friends.More news: Paris Climate Deal Not Tough Enough On India, China: Donald Trump
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That request, if granted, would be an extraordinary step in the ongoing congressional investigation of the Trump campaign's communications with Russian Federation - and the FBI's inquiry of Kushner's talks with the Kremlin, which have gained greater significance in recent weeks.
While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement.
As Spicer stated Tuesday, both he and the president are frustrated with what the press secretary has described as a preponderance of fake and false news stories. But the push has gained momentum as more revelations emerge about Kushner's questionable activities.
She said she did talk to Kushner often, but has not since the news came out last week that he wanted to open a secret line of communication with Russian Federation bypassing formal channels. Officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call. And so, for me to be reached out to to talk about opportunities that present themselves at the White House is kind of a heady thing for a little guy like me. The person and others discussing private conversations spoke on condition of anonymity. United States intelligence officials have said Kushner is not accused of any wrongdoing.