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Romania's president to visit White House

Romania's president to visit White House

The briefing also followed news Tuesday morning that White House communications director Michael Dubke has resigned, and there are reports of other possible staffing changes.

According to many media reports, this could be part of a larger shake up on Donald's Trump communications team, since the President came back from his trip overseas to find a political crisis in the White House. The Washington Post reported on Friday that Kushner discussed the possibility of setting up a direct and secret line of communication with Moscow. Trump returned to Washington on Saturday from a nine-day foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican City, Brussels and Italy.

When asked by a reporter during the daily White House briefing on Wednesday whether people should be "concerned" about the president's incoherent nighttime tweet, Press Secretary Sean Spicer might have responded with a joke, or an admission that the president, like everyone, is merely human.

A White House spokesman says President Donald Trump has a "fairly unbelievable" relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. What is clear from the Obama Administration team is that they were never contacted about the need to establish a secret communication channel with the Kremlin.

However, the eve of his return brought the biggest story to date: A Washington Post report about Kushner's alleged proposal to the Russians to create a secret channel out of the reach of U.S. spymasters.




Michael Flynn, who was Trump's national security adviser for just 24 days before being fired amid questions about meetings he held with the Russian ambassador, was also present, the newspaper reported. Before joining the White House in February, he had been a Republican strategist, and founder of Crossroads Media. But Kelly said such back-channel communications don't bother him and would not be harmful to US security interests.

Kushner's contacts revived talk about the Logan Act, which prohibits U.S. citizens from trying to influence a foreign government in disputes with the U.S. The act has been used so rarely that legal experts say it may no longer be valid. He says that is "what the president called for". The position had gone unfilled after campaign aide Jason Miller - Trump's original choice for communications director - backed out of the job in December before the president's inauguration.

He is the only person now in the White House known to be under investigation.

Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into any connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.


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