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On first day back, Trump lashes out at "fake news media"

29 May, 2017, 09:00 | Author: Eddie Kim

Shortly after Trump's remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russian Federation, as "a good thing".

The plan has also been described differently by the Trump administration, with the president and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin describing it as a massive tax cut, while White House budget chief Mitch Mulvaney said it would eliminate tax breaks and deductions to offset lower tax rates - suggesting the administration has yet to decide on a final plan.

Now that the US President is back from his nine-day worldwide tour, he appeared to be reacting to recent reports, citing anonymous sources, that his son-in-law - Jared Kushner - is being focused upon in the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the November election and that Trump is planning big changes within the White House staff.

Kushner, 36, 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 have told Reuters.

In December, Kushner joined Michael Flynn, who later became national security adviser before being forced out, to try to set up back-channel communications between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team, which raised red flags in the intelligence community.

In a series of tweets, the Prez told his 30.8 million followers if they see the words "sources say" without mentioning names, it's possible the news story is fake. "#FakeNews is the enemy!"

Trump is back on his bullshit, y'all.

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President Trump then piled on the media bias in the coverage of this week's Montana congressional race, saying it was treated as "a big deal" by Democrats and "fake news" media "until the Republican won".

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", he said on ABC's "This Week" program.

"Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organisations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing".

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

His son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is under scrutiny in the FBI's probe into Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign.

"Russia, at least for my money, is our primary adversary", he told NBC. "They are in to do us in".

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