Daily White House briefings have been dominated by questions about Russian Federation, and Trump's advisers feared the controversy could seep into Trump's foreign trip if he held a news conference.
Along with his wife Ivanka, Kushner appeared determined to dismiss the increased scrutiny in connection with the FBI's ongoing Russian Federation probe as little more than a PR squall that will soon pass.
"They won't be able to attract the most talented people in Washington, D.C. Nobody in their right mind would jump into this White House at this point".
But President Trump has proclaimed his support for Kushner, who has been given a broad portfolio involving everything from Mideast peace to streamlining Washington red tape.
Trump hasn't publicly commented on the White House decision to divert scandal questions.
Though Democrats and Republicans were predictably split on the matter, with liberals saying that each of the five people hurt rather than help and conservatives saying the opposite, Pence fared better than the rest among both groups, with 32 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of Republicans agreeing that he helps, while 48 percent of Democrats and four percent of Republicans said the opposite.
On Tuesday, White House communications director Michael Dubke resigned, having served a little over three months.
Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, his administration is looking for ways to respond more aggressively to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow.
Trump hired Kasowitz last week to lead a legal team focused on steering the President through the various investigations into Russia's election meddling.
"I think Mike's a very capable guy", said Lewandowski, who was seen going into the White House on Wednesday, according to a source quoted by Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt on Twitter.
Lewandowski emphasized that anyone wanting to work on the White House communications staff would need to already know Trump.
Trump on Monday said that he has "total confidence" in Kushner, adding that his son-in-law is "doing a great job for the country". The person and others discussing private conversations spoke on condition of anonymity.
Flynn handed in his resignation in February, ousted on grounds that he had misled top White House officials about his contacts with Russian officials.
A senior administration official said Kushner was keeping his head down and focusing on work after the foreign trip. The official said Kushner was eager to share what he knows with Congress and other investigators.
Spicer spent a few days working at the Pentagon as the rumors circulated, as part of his U.S. Navy Reserve duty.