John Sununu, former chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, defended the Trump administration’s reported attempt to set up a private line of communication with Russia during the transition period, and said these sorts of “backchannels” are commonplace.
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been accused by Democrats of possibly working too closely with Russia, and seeing to set up a line of communication that could not be overheard by the Obama administration. But Sununu said that happens all the time during the transition.
“In the 10 weeks between an election and an inauguration, there is a lot of discussion going on between all members, or potential members of an administration with all kinds of folks,” he told CNN.
“When I was named chief of staff, a lot of ambassadors that were slight acquaintances tried to become good friends in that 10 weeks. It is not unusual,” he added.
Originally published by the Washington Examiner.