The White House is distancing itself from two former senior members of Donald Trump's team, amid an FBI investigation into possible connections between Trump "associates" and Russia.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer today referred to Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as a "volunteer of the campaign".
And he said Paul Manafort, who ran Trump's campaign leading up to the Republican National Convention, "played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time".
Flynn resigned from the White House last month after he was found to have misled senior members of the administration about his contacts with Russia's top diplomat to the US.
Manafort resigned from Trump's campaign last summer following allegations of contacts with Russian intelligence officials.