Trump Stands By 'Great' Jared Kushner Amid Tension Over Russia Probe

NEW YORK NY- NOVEMBER 08 President-elect Donald Trump embraces son in law Jared Kushner, as his daughter Ivanka Trump  stands nearby after his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours

NEW YORK NY- NOVEMBER 08 President-elect Donald Trump embraces son in law Jared Kushner, as his daughter Ivanka Trump stands nearby after his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, has requested information and documents from Mr Trump's campaign.

The White House also grappled with reports that Kushner proposed setting up a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting.

Late Sunday, the New York Times printed a statement of strong support for Kushner from Trump: "Jared is doing a great job for the country".

"He seems to me to be a very open person and again, I'd let him speak for himself when the time is right on all these issues and at that time we can actually render judgement on the reality of what did or didn't take place". He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programmes that will save our country billions of dollars.

A person familiar with Trump's thinking says the president believes he is facing more of a communications problem than a legal one. Trump, when he returned to Washington, quickly assailed news media reports of White House turmoil linked to investigations of his aides and their ties to Russian Federation.

Mr Kelly, the homeland security secretary, carried the same message on Sunday. "Hopefully, when we get back from recess the Senate will enact sanctions on Russian Federation". "I think any channel of communication back or otherwise with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing".

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Mr. Trump said in a series of tweets.

Whitehouse says he fears the U.S.is losing its global standing, in part because he feels other lawmakers are not condemning possible Russian meddling in elections, an issue Whitehouse says other countries are also dealing with similar issues.

He declared his "total confidence" in Kushner, who boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and global responsibilities, underscoring his importance as Trump's chief adviser despite having no experience in politics before the 2016 White House race.

Trump administration officials have said they are considering rolling back the sanctions, which limit America's financing to six of Russia's biggest banks, including Vnesheconombank. "My view of it is that I don't like it".

"I know that some administration officials are saying, 'Well, that's standard procedure, '" he said.

Prominent Republican senator Lindsey Graham offered a different perspective however, suggesting that the media reports could have been manufactured by Russian Federation.

Some Democrats are already asking for an investigation and even calling for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment as to how Trump was spending his day after returning from the nine-day foreign trip the night before. Addressing an audience which included relatives of many who died in military service, he paid tribute to those who died in service.

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