Trump hits out at 'fake news' about son-in-law

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He later added a defense of his use of Twitter, saying the media "works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don't want America to hear the real story!" "ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!" he wrote.

Prior to the release of her book, Ivanka said she would not be overly promoting it because of ethics in her role at the capital.

Returning home from a nine-day overseas trip, US President Donald Trump has plunged headlong into the ongoing Russian Federation probe controversy, determined to defend his administration and his son-in-law Jared Kushner from its growing reach.

The president also defended his son-in-law after reports emerged that Kushner, who carries the title "senior adviser", considered setting up a secret line of communication between the incoming administration and the Russian government, primarily to discuss a resolution to the crisis in Syria.

Ivanka is serving as an unpaid adviser to the U.S. president at the White House.

These words come days after reports that Kushner allegedly tried to set up a secret communications channel with the Russians.

"I don't see a big deal", Kelly, the former head of U.S. Southern Command, said on "Fox News Sunday". Separately, he told Fox News: "Any time you have channels of communication with a country, particularly one like Russian Federation, I wouldn't criticise it".

Another White House member, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, also defended Kushner's use of back-channel communications with Russian Federation on ABC's "This Week": "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us is a good thing". But he said on "Fox News Sunday" that "any channel of communications back or otherwise with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing". Knives are said to be out for Reince Priebus, the chief of staff, and Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary.

There has been no denial of the reports by the White House and a number of senior administration officials backed Mr Kushner over the weekend.