Trump hits out at 'fake news' following Kushner reports

A person familiar with Trump's thinking says the president believes he is facing more of a communications problem than a legal one.

Trump had stayed silent on the reports during his trip overseas, including after NBC News reported on Thursday that his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is under scrutiny in the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

The commander in chief told followers that whenever they read "sources say" in articles "it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers". Those reports also have quoted anonymous sources. Former US presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton took questions too.

The Washington Post was the first to report on it on Friday and cited "insiders" who revealed that the Russian ambassador made note of Kushner's proposal in documents.

Trump returned to the United States on Saturday after a nine-day trip during which he did minimal - and muted - tweeting.

"Does anyone notice how the Montana Congressional race was such a big deal to Dems & Fake News until the Republican won? #FakeNews is the enemy!" he said.

There have been series of leaks coming from sources within the White House since he was inaugurated as president.

That made the USA president the only one of the Group of Seven leaders who declined to face the press.

Questions continue about allegations that his campaign and associates had contacts with Russian officials before he entered the White House.

Lieut Gen HR McMaster, Mr Trump's national security adviser, has defended the practice of setting up communications contacts outside normal diplomatic channels, telling reporters on Saturday that they were a regular practice in global affairs.

Kelly, the homeland security secretary, carried the same message on Sunday.

Other reports about Kushner's interactions with Russian officials have surfaced in recent days in other major news outlets, including The Washington Post. "Jared has said that he's more than willing to answer any and all questions". Previously, the highest-ranking figure to be subject of Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny was Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser whose ties to Mr Trump are far more recent and less personal than those of Mr Kushner.

Though he had not seen evidence of collusion when he stepped down on January 20, Clapper said all the signs made an FBI investigation not only appropriate but necessary.

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