The Washington Post reported that according to the USA officials briefed on intelligence reports of Russia probe, Kushner and Russian ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel.

"We have back-channel communications with any number of individual (countries)". Two people familiar with those 18 contacts said Flynn and Kushner were among the Trump associates who spoke to the ambassador by telephone.

The primary goal of the "war room" will be to more aggressively fire back at fallout in the wake of Trump's abrupt firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey on May 9.

McMaster and Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, swatted away the questions after reports surfaced that Kushner considered setting up a secret line of communication with Russian Federation to discuss military options in Syria and other matters.

The Washington Post says Jared Kushner, who is now a senior adviser to Trump, was hoping to shield pre-inauguration discussions from U.S. monitoring.

Russian Federation has long backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, often at the expense of civilians, during the long civil war.

Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser previous year, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy, and remains an influential confidant within the White House as does his wife, Ivanka Trump.

That includes proposals for more travel and campaign-style rallies throughout the country so Trump can speak directly to his supporters, as well as changes in the pace and nature of news briefings, likely including a diminished role for embattled White House press secretary Sean Spicer. He has no recollection of the calls as described.

The New York Times said the channel was never established.

At the base, Trump ran through the various stops on the trip, declaring, "I think we hit a home run wherever we are". So one is this administration not talking about our values, cozying up to authoritarian leaders.

McMaster said he could not talk about Kushner's talks with Russian Federation because "it's not something that I've in any way been involved with or that I have any knowledge of". The Republican health care bill that narrowly passed the House faces an uncertain future in the Senate after a Congressional Budget Office analysis said it would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies", he tweeted.

It's also revealed in this report that Kushner has been "among those most adamant about limiting Mr. Trump's access to the news media".

The back-channel would have allowed The Donald and his then-transition team to communicate with Vladimir Putin without being monitored by USA national intelligence officials.

After the November 8 election, Kushner and Flynn also discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies, two of the sources said.

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly said. The FBI would know that a Trump transition official was going in and out of the embassy, which would cause "a great deal" of concern, he added.

"How would he trust that the Russians wouldn't leak it on their side?" said one former senior intelligence official.

According to The New York Times, the channel was meant to allow then-national security adviser Michael Flynn to communicate with Moscow directly about Syria and other security issues.

Current and former American officials said Kushner's activities, like those of many others around Trump, are under scrutiny as part of the investigation.

Mr Kushner is the only person now in the White House known to be under investigation. Officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call. Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, told Congress this month that that deception left Flynn vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russians. He has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation yet. Kislyak also attended a Trump campaign speech in Washington in April 2016 that Kushner attended.

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Reuters has reported that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak previous year, including two phone calls between April and November. She added: "Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period".

Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, and Steve Bannon, the President's chief strategist, also dropped off Mr Trump's trip early, in part to return to deal with the political furore over the Russian Federation investigations and the President's decision to fire James Comey as FBI director.

The wider investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling is being led by Robert Mueller, a respected former FBI director who was given broad powers to pursue the case as a special counsel after Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9.