President Trump defended his top advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner on Monday. Kushner’s name is the latest on the list to be smeared by liberal news outlets looking to link wrong-doing between Russia and members of the Trump team.
“Jared is doing a great job for the country. I have total confidence in him,” Trump declared in a statement to the New York Times. “He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.”
News reports emerged last week claiming that the president’s son-in-law talked with a top Russian official in early December about establishing a back-channel line of communication between Trump’s transition team and Moscow. Those reports persisted as Democratic lawmakers were pressed to talk about it during news interviews, giving the story legs despite the fact that Kushner doesn’t even recall having a conversation with Russia’s ambassador.
Now, the Democratic National Committee is calling for Kushner to be fired, and former CIA Director John McLaughlan is claiming that it would be considered espionage if an intelligence officer did the same as Kushner.
However, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has commented on the situation, stating that such back-channels are a routine part of international diplomacy. “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,” he said. “So it doesn’t pre-expose you to any sort of content or any kind of conversation or anything. So we’re not concerned about it.”
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