Trump says White House leaks on Kushner 'fake news'

President Donald Trump hurled more jabs at the "fake news media" Sunday morning, describing White House "leaks" as "fabricated lies" and saying stories with "sources say" make it "very possible" those "sources don't exist" and are made up by "fake news writers".

With no scheduled events yesterday, Mr Trump was back on social media with a string of messages critical of the media.

The leaks from the White House "are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he wrote. "#FakeNews is the enemy!" he said.

And then the subject of leaks was clearly still gnawing at him as he took to Twitter nearly two hours later to note how angry British leaders were that USA officials leaked details of the Manchester attack to the American press. The other six all took questions from reporters while attending the gathering of major advanced economies. After the president and first lady exited their helicopter, the first question Trump got from reporters waiting on the South Lawn: "Mr. President, we hear you were trying to set up a back channel to the Russians".

The FBI is looking at meetings that Kushner fielded with Kislyak and Russian banking executive Sergey Gorkov in December as part of the law enforcement investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

As they return to the US after days on the worldwide 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.

MR DONALD TRUMP, in a message to his nearly 31 million Twitter followers.

Not holding a press conference marked a breach of custom at a major global event where the US president traditionally faces the press at the end, and often during the trip as well.

Trump returned to the United States on Saturday after a nine-day trip during which he did minimal - and muted - tweeting. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton took questions too.

President Donald Trump speaks at a Naval base in Italy.

'My dashboard warning light was clearly on and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community - very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians, ' Clapper told NBC's Meet The Press.

Mr Trump stepped up to insist he had never said the word "Israel" in his talks with Russian officials - effectively confirming that nation as the source of the information.

Both The Wall Street Journal - on Friday - and the Washington daily, on Sunday, reported that Trump is planning a big shakeup in the White House, including possibly dismissing or reducing the role of Press Secretary Sean Spicer.


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