Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump accuses media of fabricating news

Trump accuses media of fabricating news

- According to several aides and outside allies of President Donald Trump, his top priority upon his return from his first foreign trip will be a possible retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a "war room" inside the White House.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Trump wrote in one tweet.

- The president is back in his element, it would seem, now that he has returned to Washington D.C. and has fired up the ol' Twitter.

Aides said Trump was expected to meet with lawyers as early as Sunday, the New York Times reported.

The report was the latest to emerge about discussions between President Donald Trump's inner circle and Russian officials. "There's a lot of ways to communicate with people".

Kushner made his secret communications proposal on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY, according to intercepts of Russian communications reviewed by United States officials, the Post reported late Friday.

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In a phone call on March 30, Comey says the president asked him what could be done to "lift the cloud". The president circles back to loyalty. "I don't think there's much they're going to get out of it".

The 36-year-old Kushner, a real estate developer with no previous government experience, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former USA officials told Reuters.

"Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names... it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".

The California Democrat says it's a serious allegation to have a key Trump campaign figure seeking secret communications with a country that intelligence experts say intervened in a USA election. And certain other people in the always-tumultuous White House, people who do not like Golden Boy and find his presence irritating, might be a wee bit happy about that.

The back channel was meant to connect Michael Flynn, who later became Trump's first national security adviser, with Russian military leaders, the AP reported.

His comments were echoed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

"It's both normal in my opinion and acceptable", he told ABC television on Sunday.

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Singer Demi Lovato, who's clashed with Griffin in the past, tweeted "I find it amusing when bullies play the victims ". He said what Griffin did "was inappropriate and not something that should be anywhere in our national discourse".

"And I think any time you can open lines of communication with anyone, whether they're good friends or not so good friends, is a smart thing to do", Kelly said.

The report, if confirmed, would raise new questions about the Trump team's relationship with the Russians, who United States intelligence agencies said tried to sway the election in Mr Trump's favour.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said such secret channels may be used in situations including peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan or for the release of American hostages.

"You've got the ambassador to Russian Federation reporting back to Moscow on an open channel", Graham said.

"If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a back-channel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain that kind of a security clearance", Schiff said.

Adding to concerns about this specific conversation with the Russian ambassador is the fact that Kushner did not disclose the conversation on his application for security clearance.

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Analysts have raised the prospect of a palace coup in Qatar , a hereditary monarchy with a history of such changes in leadership. Qatar vehemently denies giving such support.

"We're chasing our tails as a nation when it comes to the Russians", US Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN.

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