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Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

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

A rally planned Thursday in Iowa was postponed due to "an unforeseen change" in Trump's schedule. And the administration's pattern of attacking the media for offering "fabricated lies" and demanding investigations into those within the government who leak information has become a tiresome exercise in sidestepping this essential issue.

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

On the bombing investigation Trump said: "British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the United Kingdom gave to USA about Manchester was leaked".

"In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C plus", Trump said in an interview on Fox News Channel early in his term.

Trump also wrote that "many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies". He added that it is "very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".

White House officials defended the concept of secret communications channels without commenting specifically on the Kushner case.

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 US election.

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While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement. The White House described Yates as having "betrayed the Department of Justice".

"They need to quarantine this stuff and put the investigations in a separate communications operation", said Jack Quinn, who served as White House counsel for President Bill Clinton. He is still working at the White House and has not set a departure date yet. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person".

For example, Trump has entertained bringing his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, more formally back into the fold. Both Lewandowski and Bossie discussed the prospect with the president before his trip, according to a person told of the conversations.

Lewandowski's return would be a particularly notable development, given the fact that he was sacked by Trump after clashing with staff and Trump's adult children. The notion that such a key Trump aide was more trusting of Russian Federation than the American government is nothing short of chilling.

Per a White House official, the plan was always for them to depart after the first part of the trip, during which the President spoke to three of the world's biggest religions in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican. But numerous people close to the president and his team are expecting further changes this time.

A top communications aide to President Donald Trump is exiting the White House as the embattled president considers a broader shake-up amid rising anxiety over investigations into his campaign's contacts with Russian Federation. Kushner spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about facilitating sensitive discussions to explore the incoming administration's options with Russia as it developed its Syria policy. "So, generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is to communicate in a discreet manner", McMaster said.

Controversy over the Russian Federation issue deepened after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, leading to allegations by critics that the president sought to hamper the agency's probe into the matter. Those probes include a look at communications between Russian intelligence and Trump campaign officials.

"If you're going to create a back channel that relies exclusively on the Russian communications and apparatus, that's a really serious issue", added Mark Lowenthal, a former Central Intelligence Agency assistant director. He has signaled he will soon make a decision on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. And the search continues for an Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace Comey.

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