President Donald Trump has returned the United States after embarking on his first foreign trip as commander in chief, spending nine days traveling across the globe as part of a journey that has been heralded as a groundbreaking success. Now that he’s stateside, Trump has quickly found himself back in familiar territory as he pushes back against the out-of-control mainstream media.
The White House is currently mired in a scandal manufactured by the Washington Post, who reported that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner secretly tried to set up a private communication channel with Russia in December.
Citing – you guessed it – anonymous sources, the report claims that Kushner was caught by intelligence officials who were monitoring messages sent back and forth between Russian operatives and heard tell of the plan from Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, who was discussing it with his superiors.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster waved away the controversy. “We have back-channel communications with any number of individual [countries]. So, generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner … we’re not concerned about it,” he said.”
Trump also expressed doubt about the gravity of the report and questioned the legitimacy of this and other alleged White House leaks.
“It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention named …. It is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”
The rampant leaks have even hampered the U.S.’s relationships with some of its allies, Trump warned.
“British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the U.K. gave to the U.S. about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!” he wrote.