Jared Kushner has been pushing others in the White House to fight harder to defend the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney that Kushner also attended, according to a report Thursday.
Kushner, President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, participated in the meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya who promised to provide incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president. Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, also attended the meeting.
Politico said Kushner is worried the revelations of the meeting will harm Trump's presidency.
White House communications aides, including press secretary Sean Spicer, have reportedly advocated for outside counsel to handle the defense of Trump Jr. and Kushner.
But Kushner is calling for the White House to play a more active role, and he was angry that there were no talking points offered to surrogates already making the rounds.
The White House disputed that Kushner is complaining to communications officials about the defense of the meeting with the Russian attorney.
"These conversations simply did not happen and Jared did not raise a single one of these points besides saying thank you to everyone for their continued hard work," the White House said in a statement attributed to Spicer, and other communications officials.
Committees in Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller will review the meeting as part of investigations into Russia's election interference and whether the Trump campaign worked with Moscow.