Donald Trump has come out in support of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, following reports the aide tried to set up a secret communication line with Moscow.
In a statement given to the New York Times, Mr Trump praised the “great job” Mr Kushner is doing.
But he did not directly address allegations made against the man married to his eldest daughter, Ivanka.
It is claimed Mr Kushner discussed setting up a back channel with the Russian ambassador in December.
The New York Times and Washington Post said he wanted to use Russian facilities to avoid US interception of discussions with Moscow. He is reported to have done so before Mr Trump assumed the presidency, so would have been a private citizen at the time.
After gushing over the Saudi and Israeli regimes while needlessly bashing Iran, and criticizing NATO allies in Europe, Trump is back to doing what’s most important to him, doing anything for Daddy’s Little Girl and hubby.