Trump's Communications Director Mike Dubke Set to Leave White House

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

The White House communications director Michael Dubke has resigned.

The president has frequently complained about the use of unnamed or anonymous sources, especially in relation to the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian interference in the USA presidential election.

"They have often been found be lying or putting out statements that contradict the facts".

Trump's tweet came after Merkel told a meeting last Sunday that "the times in which (Germany) could fully rely on others are partly over", a reference to the United States and UK.

"I think the president is very pleased with his team, and he has a robust agenda", he said.

All of the White House-centred drama has begun to irritate congressional leaders, who are hoping to continue focusing on healthcare and tax reform when members of Congress return to Capitol Hill next week. Mr Trump has entertained formally bringing back his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie.

"I honestly can't say that it's going to be a wave", one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters at the White House. He is still working at the White House and has not set a departure date yet. Trump told Russian diplomats that he fired "nut job" Comey to ease the pressure of the mounting investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia, according to a report from the New York Times.

Spicer, whose own job has always been rumored to be in jeopardy, said the shakeup talk is the result of Trump being "frustrated" about the spread of "quote, unquote fake news". He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

There is a lot we just simply do not know about this story.The latest revelations to emerge last week involved Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner. Philip Mudd, a security analyst who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency for 25 years, told The Independent on Tuesday that the President may have been the one who ordered Kushner to set up a secret communications link with the Russians or at least approved it. Mr. Mudd insists that it's very unlikely that Kushner acted alone when he allegedly chose to hold a low-key meeting with Russian ambassador Kislyak in December.

A senior administration official said Kushner was keeping his head down and focusing on work after the foreign trip.

Republican and Democratic operatives in recent days have said the problem with a West Wing makeover will be finding qualified and capable Republican hands who are willing to work for a president and administration that are under federal and congressional investigation - and that have struggled to produce clear domestic victories while also angering longtime US allies like Germany. His last day has not yet been determined.

"Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the president and the president's policies moving forward", he said.

Associated Press writers Vivian Salama, Ken Thomas and Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report.

Mr Trump, who returned to Washington on Saturday after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, has been expected to make staff changes to tackle the distracting firestorm over investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and communication between Russia and Mr Trump's campaign. He's not a Trump loyalist and did not work for the campaign.

Rhode Island's junior U.S. Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, says the country must work to recover its global reputation.

During the first few weeks of the presidency, Spicer held the dual roles of press secretary and communications director, but it became too much for him.

Kushner reportedly suggested they use Russian diplomatic facilities for this, in what the Post described as "an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring".

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