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Amid a slew of reports suggesting improper contact between members of President Donald Trump's inner circle and Russia, Trump says the media is missing the real problem: leaks. "They just don't want to report the truth".

Trump and his team are now speaking differently about Crimea.

Trump's administration faces two acute, interlocking crises: serious questions about his campaign's contacts with official and unofficial representatives of the Russian government, which USA intelligence agencies believe made concerted efforts to help Trump win the election; and appalling levels of dysfunction in the White House that make self-inflicted wounds the rule rather than the exception. This is not normal.

Scheduled to discuss the job with the president at Mar-a-Lago were his acting adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen.

Trump also said he will issue a new executive order to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the country, by way of an "extreme vetting" travel ban.

So far, however, Chaffetz has rebuffed calls by Democrats for a wholesale investigation of Trump's vast business links across the globe and the potential for conflicts with his presidential actions. During the campaign, Trump publicly appealed to Putin to hack Hillary Clinton's e-mails. The New York Times reported that in 2006, "two of Mr. Trump's children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, stayed at the historic Hotel National Moscow opposite the Kremlin, connecting with potential partners over the course of several days".

Yet, the journalists persisted in trying to delegitimize Trump's presidency.

Meanwhile, Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak had confirmed that he had communicated with former national security adviser Michael Flynn during Trump's presidential campaign.

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But this is only one of many issues regarding Russia, President Donald Trump and that country's interference in the USA election past year in an attempt to tilt it toward Trump.

While President Donald Trump has asserted that neither his aides or entourage had contacts with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign, a Russian officials have previously stated that this was not the case. A better question would have been, "Mr. President, with all of the problems at home and overseas, how have you found the time to play 306 rounds of golf during your presidency?"

Who's in charge? Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is yet to establish any reasonable sense of order or any effective process for making decisions. Then, Flynn said that he could not remember if he talked about sanctions.

That's what happens when obfuscation and "alternative facts" are acceptable.

This sort of crisis would test any White House.

"There aren't enough words in the English language or enough time in the day for me to tell you what I really think", said Mary Duty with the McLennan County Democratic Party.

The Espionage Act is so broad, Kitrosser said, that "that there is nothing remotely unusual about a Washington leak that technically violates the act", including intentional leaks that reflect favorably on the White House. At a press conference on February 16, Trump said the conversation went "extremely nicely". He said next to nothing about a plan to replace Obamacare, his promised tax reform, his new immigration order expected Tuesday, the fight against ISIS or his willingness to consider a "one-state solution" for the Middle East. "I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings, and he was all excited, and then he said, oh, I can't move, it might be bad for me politically, I can't have that meeting".

As in Trump's statements on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the central theme in General Mattis' speech was the need for America's allies to do more to cover the alliance's costs.


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