"Back channels are a tool in the diplomatic tool box, and they can be a very effective tool", said Richard Moss, author of the book "Nixon's Back Channel to Moscow" and a professor at the U.S. Naval War College.
USA back-channel diplomacy with Cuba has its own long history. He has helped arrange CEO meetings at the White House, which the president uses as a public illustration of his pro-business positions.
In 1971 Nixon said of his own White House: "There have been more back-channel games played in this administration than any in history because we couldn't trust the goddamned State Department". In the meeting with Anabang, Kushner sought a partner in one of his company's most vexing real-estate deals, the botched redevelopment of 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. But even transition back channels aren't unprecedented.
"You've got the ambassador to Russian Federation reporting back to Moscow on an open channel", Graham said.
Even before coming into office, Nixon's campaign staff secretly communicated with South Vietnam to sabotage President Lyndon Johnson's 1968 peace talks.
From left to right, president-elect Richard Nixon, Averill Harriman and Henry A. Kissinger are shown in a photo on December 5, 1968.
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Regardless, for a White House team that's only existed for four months, this represents a rather volatile employment environment. However, Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's woes on the communications effort.
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Maybe Hamou should spend a little more time focusing on behaving appropriately instead of tennis. I am available to her to present my apologies in person if she would like.
Mr Trump, who disdains working through official channels, also exchanged numbers with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a French official who would not comment on whether Mr Macron meant to use the line. Still, Obama's Republican rival, Sen. John McCain and Barack Obama and other leaders in both parties have long called for this. But if so, why insist on using the communications through the Russian embassy or consulate? Michael Cohen is considered to be one of Trump's closest confidantes. How does discussing mutual cooperation with Russian Federation in Syria necessarily constitute an injury to the USA or an advantage for Moscow? The U.S. has supported anti-Assad rebels. Using people such as Kushner to accomplish it also is normal. That is, not only is there no reason to believe Kushner or Flynn were looking to hurt the US and or help Russian Federation but the dopey and shady idea of using Russia's secure line to talk shop with the Kremlin on Syria apparently was never actually implemented.
This meeting, the Post claims, is now being looked at as part of the FBI's investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the election. But he's okay with foreign contact during the transition.
Former CIA boss Michael Hayden asked on CNN: "What manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have to think that doing this with the Russian ambassador was a good or an appropriate idea?"
The biggest crack in the relationship came over a real estate pitch earlier this month to potential Chinese investors by Kushner's sister Nicole Meyer, in which she pushed the EB-5 visa government program, which awards foreign investors a green card in exchange for investments of at least $500,000 in American development projects that create a minimum of 10 American jobs. And Kushner was still a private citizen, not yet a government official.