President Trump Defends Jared Kushner Amid Russian Scandal
Just days after the FBI began looking into Jared Kushner’s interaction with Russian officials, President Trump has come out and said he has ‘total confidence’ in his son-in-law and top political aide Jared Kushner. President Trump released a statement that was published in the New York Times which said:
“Jared is doing a great job for the country,” “I have total confidence in him. 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.”
Jared Kushner has been a vital part of the White House from the start and is now under attack because of alleged claims that he attempted to establish back-channel connections with the Russia government, with the intent to be hidden from public view.
It was revealed Jared Kushner proposed using Russian facilities for the communications with the intention of avoiding the possible interception by American intelligence agencies. The latest scandal just adds to the ongoing Russia fiasco that has bogged down the Trump presidency.
Last week, reports revealed that Jared Kushner is a person of interest in the continued FBI probe of allegations the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Top Democrats are calling for President Trump to revoke his son-in-law’s security clearance. Several other members of the Trump White House have publicly defended Kushner. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster defended Kushner’s attempt to create a back-channel with Russia.
“We have back-channel communication with a number of countries,” “What that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner, so I’m not concerned.”
Department of Homeland Security appeared on ABC News Sunday and also defended the use of secret lines of communications with foreign governments.
“Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing and, again, it comes back to whatever the communication is, comes back into the government and shared across the government,” he said.
These allegations come as President Trump returned from a nine-day trip across the Middle East and Europe. It’s also being speculated by some that Trump is expected to shake up his staff and recently hired a lawyer to deal with the ongoing Russian probe.