A leading professor has claimed Donald Trump's administration has destroyed its own credibility and its reputation is reaching the point of no return.
Dr Brian Klaas was speaking to talkRADIO after Trump's son-in-law and key advisor, Jared Kushner, faced questioning in the US Senate over the gathering which took place at Trump Tower in 2016 with a lawyer reportedly affiliated with the Kremlin.
In the wake of the questioning, Kushner - who is married to Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka - released a statement to deny any collusion with Russia.
However Klaas, a fellow in Global Politics at the London School of Economics, told Julia Hartley-Brewer Kushner's statement didn't pass "the basic test of credibility."
He said: "We’re expected to now believe in Kushner’s testimony that nothing happened, it was innocuous.
“For us to believe this, we need to disregard the fact that for 13 months, the Trump campaign said they had not met with Russian officials, didn’t have any intent to collude, and said the story was a hoax.
"The pattern here is a group of people who are deceiving until caught, then trying to pretend they’re being transparent when they release documents already available to the press.
"It’s fair to be sceptical given almost every day now, there's a new revelation not made public until the press got their hands on it. They’ve shot their own credibility in the foot.
“With Obama, Bush, and Clinton, there were malleable attitudes to the president. The attitudes towards Trump are cementing. He’s at risk of having his presidency obscured by that with no ability to turn it around."