McMaster comments on Kushner’s Russian connection

Reports that Jared Kushner tried to set up diplomatic back-channels with Russia do not concern President Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who told reporters, “We have back-channel communications with any number of individual (countries). So, generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner. We’re not concerned about it.”

His comments came during a press conference at the G7 Summit in Sicily as Trump’s son-in-law faced mounting suspicion from reporters back in the states after the story about his dealings with Russia appeared in a multitude of news outlets.

Kushner reportedly spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times about creating a back-channel line of communication to make it easier to conduct sensitive discussions regarding the incoming administration’s options with Russia while they figured out policies regarding Syria.

Kushner’s attorney said on Friday that the presidential adviser doesn’t even remember speaking with Kislyak, but will fully cooperate with federal investigators and congress in the Russia investigation.

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