Syria said to be aim of reported back channel


Minutes before, another even more damning report had landed, too: Kushner had approached Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak about creating a top-secret back-channel for communications at the Russian consulate in New York City.

The 36-year-old has reportedly played an active role in the effort to reshape the president's communications team and develop an internal group to respond to the flurry of negative stories over the Russian Federation inquiry.

On his first trip overseas, the president has been unable to escape ongoing developments back home related to the FBI Russia investigation.

McMaster and Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, swatted away the questions after reports surfaced that Kushner considered setting up a secret line of communication with Russian Federation to discuss military options in Syria and other matters. Historically there have been back channels.

A rally planned Thursday in Iowa was postponed due to "an unforeseen change" in Trump's schedule.

The Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, was surprised by Mr Kushner's idea of the secret channel and passed it on to the Kremlin, The Post said. President Donald Trump put the 36-year-old in charge of brokering peace between Israelis and Palestinians, tackling the opioid addiction epidemic, reforming criminal justice and serving as a liaison to Mexico, China and the Muslim community.

The back channel with Russian Federation could actually be a "good thing" as long the White House realizes the information coming in from Russian Federation may be false.

The Obama White House only learned that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi was flying to NY in December to see Kushner, Flynn and Stephen Bannon, another top Trump adviser, because USA border agents in the UAE spotted the Emirate leader's name on a flight manifest.

Cohn defended Trump's decision to evade the news media, citing the president's "robust" travel schedule.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said he doesn't find back-channel communications with Russian Federation concerning.

But for people associated with the campaign after that campaign has ended and where the Russians during that campaign were helping you, to try to establish a back channel and hide it from your own government, that's...

This could mean the return of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and David N. Bossie, former deputy campaign manager. Both Lewandowski and Bossie discussed the prospect with the president before his trip, according to one person told of the conversations.

Democrats and critics of Mr Trump have seized on the revelations and said they are more evidence that the NY tycoon was trampling on democratic traditions. He remains an influential confidant within the White House as does his wife, Ivanka Trump. Kushner is under scrutiny - not necessarily the subject of any investigation or suspected of any wrongdoing - in the FBI's probe. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in U.S. for the communications.

Just last night the political world was set ablaze by reporting that Kushner may have talked to the Russian ambassador about setting up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin.

Reuters reported last week that a proposal for a back channel was discussed between McMaster's predecessor Mike Flynn and the Russian ambassador as Trump prepared to take office.

Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny of Kushner began when intelligence reports of Flynn's contacts with Russians included mentions of US citizens, whose names were redacted because of USA privacy laws.

Other major issues await decisions by Trump.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!

United States investigators would have been intrigued to see then-candidate Trump's son-in-law meeting with Russians.

Trump found an unlikely ally in Sen.

Trump's policy agenda has run into road blocks since he departed Washington.

The White House staff itself could be facing upheaval.

British Prime Minister Theresa May warned that she would speak with President Trump about the importance of tightly held information between the two countries.