White House to stop taking questions related to Russian Federation probe

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claims that "a small group of people know exactly" what President Donald Trump meant when Trump posted a seemingly unintelligible tweet early Wednesday morning.

The Indian-American envoy's defence of Kushner, 36, came after the American media reported last week that he discussed to open a secret "back-channel" between Russia and Trump's presidential transition team in a meeting with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, last December.

The White House press secretary Sean Spicer also said the Afghan strategy review is still underway.

Moscow has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it meddled in the campaign to try to tilt the election in Trump's favor.

The White House communications director has resigned only three months after being hired by President Donald Trump.

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Two auxiliary bishops were present as well, she said, and were reassuring the crowd. "People were just running", she said. The government plans to ask parliament to extend it from July 15, its current expiration date, until November 1.

Trump has repeatedly and angrily insisted that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, and has decried reports about the matter as false.

Despite the widespread gossip, Spicer returned from Trump's foreign trip with an on-camera briefing at the White House press briefing on Tuesday, directly contrasting the stories about the future of his job.

Some White House officials have whispered that Kushner is a marked man now that the probe is apparently centering on him and may soon find himself on the outs with his famous father-in-law.

Daily White House briefings have been dominated by questions about Russian Federation, and Trump's advisers feared the controversy could seep into Trump's foreign trip if he held a news conference.

But it remains unclear whether the president might envision them working inside the White House or in outside roles. Kushner spoke with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States of America, about creating the secret line to make it easier to hold sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Top White House officials, including chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon, hoped to have made a decision made by now. The official said Kushner was eager to share what he knows with Congress and other investigators.

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