White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed new allegations about President Donald Trump’s administration’s ties to Russia in his Tuesday news briefing at the White House.
The Washington Post suggested last week that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, discussed the possibility of creating “a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin” with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.
The news came as Robert Mueller took over the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections from ousted FBI director James Comey.
President Donald Trump is still on the hunt for a new FBI director after firing James Comey, and is conducting more meetings to address the vacancy.
Spicer says Trump is scheduled to meet Tuesday with John Pistole, the former head of the Transportation Security Administration.
Trump is also meeting about the FBI opening with Chris Wray, a former assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.
Before his foreign trip, Trump met with former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and acting FBI director Andrew McCabe. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman also met with the president but removed his name from consideration.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.