President Donald Trump returned home from his first trip overseas to face a new series of allegations against his administration - and he hit the ground tweeting with a series of posts slamming "leaks" and so-called "fake news", while stating his recent trip was a "great success".
Mr Trump has frequently used attacks on news organisations to rally his supporters when his White House or presidential campaign has found itself mired in scandal, a tactic that has so far enabled him to hold on to his core supporters who are increasingly suspicious of political and media elites in Washington.
Mr Trump's tweets came as the media reported that the White House was preparing to establish a "war room" to combat mounting questions about ties between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign.
Perhaps the biggest headline was a report that Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications line with the Russian government during a meeting with Russia's ambassador in early December.
US President Donald Trump has accused media outlets of "fabricating" much of the news they publish about the White House and inventing anonymous sources on which the reports are ostensibly based.
"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 e. #FakeNews is the enemy!" he tweeted at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Those reports also have quoted anonymous sources.
Since he came into office in January, Trump has repeatedly expressed frustration at press leaks coming from the White House or the U.S. intelligence agencies, and in February he said that he had ordered an investigation of those "criminal" acts and that those responsible for the leaks would pay a big "price".
White House officials defended the concept of secret communications channels without commenting specifically on the Kushner case.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017Trump just returned from his first foreign trip to a series of controversies facing his administration. National security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters on Saturday that so-called back-channeling was not unusual.
"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace said the network had confirmed that discussions between Kushner and Russian officials had taken place.
Schiff said he expected Kushner, who serves as an unpaid adviser to Trump, to appear before his committee and suggested his security clearance be reviewed. "They are not our friends".
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