The Russian probes swirling around the White House are having a chilling effect on the Trump administration's attempts to fill hundreds of positions, according to a report on Wednesday.
As he returns from his mercurial trip overseas, the president is forced to deal with the fallout from news that members of his inner circle, including son-in-law and "Secretary of Everything" Jared Kushner is a person of interest in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.
Trump, who returned to Washington on Saturday after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, has been expected to shake up staff to tackle the firestorm over investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and communication between Russia and Trump's campaign and transition team.
In December - after the election but before Trump assumed office - Kushner met separately with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington, and Sergey Gorkov, the head of the government-owned Vnesheconombank, which has been subject to USA sanctions because of its role in Russia's occupation of a part of Ukraine.
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However, Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's woes on the communications effort.
"I think the president's comments on this, that he will be making a decision in the next few days, stand", Spicer said.
Multiple reporters confirmed the latest creative initiative to avoid addressing one of the most pressing and concerning national security questions in recent history.
Aside from Kasowitz, the White House is considering bringing on old campaign hands to help manage the fallout.
Congressional investigations into the Russian Federation issue have expanded to include Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, ABC News reported on Tuesday. One key question: Whether Kushner meant to undermine US foreign policy. "In terms of achievement, I think I'd give myself an A. Because I think I've done great things, but I don't think I have - I and my people, I don't think we've explained it well enough to the American public".
"I went too far", she said in a second video.
Other potential changes to the White House communications office are also expected, according to US media, including fewer on-camera briefings with Spicer.