McMaster says ‘not concerned’ after Kushner back-channel reports
TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) – Mentioned reports that Donald Trump's son-in-law had attempt to create a secret channel of communication with Russia prior to president took office, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster declared so-called "back-channeling" was normal.
McMaster declined to communicate specifically with regards to the case of Jared Kushner, who operates as a senior adviser to Trump, when asked if it would concern him if an individual in the administration attemptedto set up a back channel using the Russian embassy or maybe the Kremlin, he replied "no".
"We have now back-channel communications with a variety of individual (countries). So usually, about back-channel communications, what that permits you to do is communicate inside of a discreet manner," McMaster said.
"Then it doesn't pre-expose someone to any type of content or just about any conversation or anything. So we're not thinking about it."
Reuters reported this morning that your proposal for that back channel was discussed between McMaster's predecessor Mike Flynn plus the Russian ambassador as Trump happy to take office.
The Washington Post reported on Friday that Kushner took part in that conversation.