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(RNN) - The White House press secretary dismissed questions on connections between President Donald Trump and the charges facing former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, as well as a campaign adviser who admitted reaching out to Russian officials.
WASHINGTON - The White House has been thrust into chaos after days of ever-worsening revelations about a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a lawyer characterized as representing the Russian government, as the president fumes against his enemies and senior aides circle each other with suspicion, according to top White House officials and outside advisers.
WASHINGTON - The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides has offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings, according to two senior administration officials.
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump and one of his closest confidants, will join the White House as a senior adviser to the president, Trump announced Monday, while a lawyer assisting the family said that Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, will not immediately take on a formal role.
Last week, when Trump named Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head his Environmental Protection Agency, critics instantly seized on Pruitt's views about climate change. He had co-authored an article for the National Review incorrectly stating that the "debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind." (Actually, scientists have concluded that it is "extremely likely" that global warming is mostly driven by humans.)