Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

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The departure of Michael Dubke, Mr Trump's communications director, comes as aides say the president has grown increasingly frustrated by allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between his campaign and Moscow.

This controversy has overshadowed Trump's presidency so far, and White House officials are trying to shift the focus back to policy while likely shaking up staff responsibilities. In an interview with Australian television ABC News on Monday, McCain said he simply did not like Kushner's possible ties to Russian Federation.

Jared Kushner, 36, the United States president's most trusted adviser and husband to his daughter Ivanka, was looking to create a "back-channel" to the Russian president when he met Sergey Gorkov in December, it is claimed. Dubke tendered his resignation on May 18th but offered to stay on through the president's first foreign trip to help with the transition following his short three-month tenure.

Russia, a pivotal player in Syria, has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, often at the expense of civilians and at odds with US policy during Syria's long civil war. "#FakeNews is the enemy!", Trump tweets.

President Trump tells the New York Times he has "total confidence" in his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Mr Kushner had been regarded as an ascendent figure in the White House and a flag-bearer for the more moderate voices in the administration. National security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters on Saturday that so-called back-channeling was not unusual.

"As they build relationships, there's nothing wrong with that", Kelly said. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing".

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump, has partly blamed Russian interference in the election for her defeat. 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. "Back channels like this are the regular course of business and that's really all that we know".

"I think it is", Franken said when asked.

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee also said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin poses a bigger threat to national security than ISIS.

  • Jon Douglas