Trump slams leaks as fake news following Kushner reports

Reports also say that Kushner proposed that a secret communications channel could be set up between the Trump transition team and Russian Federation.

"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".

Trump attacked the news media on Twitter, and the administration dispatched a retired four-star Marine general - Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly - to defend Kushner on the Sunday news talk shows.

As they return to the USA after days on the global stage, Trump and White House aides face the prospect of weeks and months of investigations into their alleged ties to Russian officials during the real estate mogul's long run for the presidency and accusations from opposition Democrats that he has tried to obstruct justice and curtail the probes.

President Donald Trump returned home Saturday night to a country wondering how he would address a crisis of bad news that has only grown more dire during his nine-day tour overseas.

One day after returning from his first foreign trip, Trump fired off several messages on Twitter Sunday morning about recent leaks coming out of his White House, claiming they are made up by the "fake news" media.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who served under President Barack Obama, said he was "very concerned" about the latest reports on Kushner and Russian Federation.

Washington is awash with media reports of firings of malcontents and leakers on the White House staff. "#FakeNews is the enemy!" he tweeted at 8:45 a.m. Sunday.

Trump has frequently dismissed his campaign's connection with Moscow as an excuse made up by Democrats to explain his stunning upset win for the White House over Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former USA secretary of state.

Mr McMaster noted that the so-called "backchannelling" was normal. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community.

"But for people associated with the campaign after that campaign has ended and where the Russians during that campaign were helping you, to try to establish a back channel and hide it from your own government, that's a serious allegation", he said.

The Washington Post also reported that senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, tried to create a backchannel line of communication back in December with Moscow during a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week", Schiff called for a review of Kushner's security clearance.

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