On Monday, White House senior adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner dismissed accusations that Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia, but by doing so he effectively threw his own team (and father-in-law’s administration) under the bus.
In off-the-record remarks to Capitol Hill interns, which of course they leaked later on to news outlet Foreign Policy, Kushner said the campaign team was too disorganized and dysfunctional for such a conspiracy to occur with Russia.
In fact, Kushner said that the Trump campaign struggled to stay in touch with its own representatives and offices across the country. “They thought we colluded, but we couldn’t even collude with our local offices,” Kushner said, according to documents leaked from the speech.
In terms of the ongoing special counsel investigation into potential ties between Trump and Russia led by Robert Mueller, Kushner simply stated they “don’t know where it’s going.”
Kushner’s speech to congressional interns was delayed after he was scheduled to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee about his previously undisclosed meetings with Russian nationals, including Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and the CEO of a Russian state-run bank during the presidential transition. The White House adviser reportedly told the interns he was “a lot more comfortable” giving the talk because members of the press were not in attendance.
Kushner last week spoke before a press conference stating how Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign than his political opponents. With his comments to the interns now made public, this may draw further negative attention to the Trump administration.
7/24:”Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign”
7/31:“We couldn’t even collude with our local offices” https://t.co/fEZd15yRNX
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) July 31, 2017
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