U.S. Donald Trump has returned home after his maiden’s Middle East and Brussels tour, with many challenges to face in which his own son-in-law Jared Kushner is involved in Russian probe.Jared Kushner is a person of interest in a law enforcement investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Trump’s national security adviser, H. R. McMaster has declined to answer questions specifically on the growing controversy surrounding Jared Kushner in a media briefing after US President first foreign tour,saying “That’s something I’m not prepared to talk about.”
Trump’s problem has aggravated after Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel, who is likely to enhance pressure on the White House to respond on every twist and turns in the Russian probe involving President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner which has grabbed headlines.
President Trump’s son-in-law and trusted aide Kushner proposed the idea of creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin in a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak at Trump tower in December which was also attended by former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump’s top economic and national security advisers refused to comment on the series of allegations that Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is facing regarding his contacts with Russian officials during a news briefing of Trump’s maiden foreign trip.
Kushner is under FBI scrutiny related to the investigation of the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. McMaster declined to say whether he would be concerned if a private citizen attempted to set up backchannel communications with a foreign government to influence US foreign policy and said he would not be concerned if a White House official attempted to do so.”We have backchannel communications with a number of countries,”
Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, swatted away the questions saying “We’re not going to comment on Jared. We’re just not going to comment.”
Mueller’s investigation is expected to focus on obstruction of justice and he is likely to question Comey as a witness in the probe. Now President Trump faces an unprecedented test in the form of a special counsel investigation. Mueller can prosecute anyone who lies to him.
He visited Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, the Vatican and Belgium over a period of nine days.
During his first trip to the Middle East, Trump signed multimillion-dollar agreements on defence with Saudi Arabia and delivered his speech to a room packed with leaders of Muslim nations on Islam and terrorism. Trump also visited West Bank in the Middle East and held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump was the first U.S. President to visit the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.
In Europe, President Trump met with Pope Francis at Vatican City.Trump then travelled on to Brussels to participate in a NATO leader’s summit, and then headed to the Sicilian city of Taormina for the G7 meeting. His first talks with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron began with a lengthy handshake.
Trump also going to face questions on his foreign tour blunders:
Trump berated Nato leaders that they have to spend on their defence to meet their obligations under NATO as U.S. won’t shoulder the entire expenditure.
Former National Intelligence director and a former GOP senator John Negroponte expressed disappointment over Trump’s approach to NATO and said the President didn’t come out with categorical commitment to the security of the NATO countries .
Because as per NATO charter –attack on one is an attack on all under article 5 of the NATO charter.President Trump used his speech outside the new Nato headquarters to pressure “23 of the 28 member nations” who are failing to meet the commitment to spend two per cent of GDP on defence.Last November, it was reported only the United States, Greece, United Kingdom, Estonia and Poland had fulfilled the budget pledge.