An American financier approached President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and attempted to help set up a secret back channel link between North Korea and the White House last year, the New York Times is reporting.

According to the report, businessman Gabriel Schulze contacted the Trump administration last summer, claiming that a senior North Korean official wanted to speak with Trump senior adviser Kushner about setting up a meeting between the president and North Korea President Kim Jong-un.

The report states that Kushner may have avoided then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and sought out then-CIA director Mike Pompeo -- who is now the Secretary of State.

Asked about the report, the White House refused to comment about the connection between Schulze and Kushner who is under scrutiny over his business dealings.

You can read the whole report here.