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

Elizabeth Williams
May 31, 2017

In this photo taken March 29, 2017, the main residence of the White House in Washington and the West Wing, right, as seen, Wednesday from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.

There are, however, multiple mysteries surrounding Mr. Dubke and his resignation from the White House. The White House said Dubke will remain in the post until a successor is in place. Spicer discussed ongoing possible connections to Jared Kushner and Russians, the president's worldwide trip, and other topics. Press Secretary Sean Spicer brushed aside reports that presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner met the Russian ambassador in December, seeking to set up a direct line to Russian President Vladimir Putin outside normal diplomatic channels. Spicer discussed ongoing possible connections to Jared Kushner and Russians as well as the president's global trip.

Dubke was not part of the team that traveled overseas with President Donald Trump, and as of Tuesday is still on the job.

The President is reported to have been frustrated with members of his team, pinning some of the blame for his administration's problems on the communications strategy.

The details of the communication shed new light on information US intelligence received about Russian claims of influence.

"They have often been found be lying or putting out statements that contradict the facts". In the meantime, however, Spicer will assume the job of interim communications director, according to multiple news reports. "He's always proven that".

JUDY WOODRUFF: And we will take a closer look at how all this affects work at the White House later in the program.

However, according to people who have experience with how administrations deal with similar strife, Dubke's exit, or even further staff changes coming, may not be enough to right a ship that's tilting in the water. "This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American government", he wrote in his letter.

According to reports, the combative Mr Lewandowski could rejoin the administration soon to lead a White House "war room" to counter the narrative that Mr Trump is too close to Russian Federation.

"I think when you see instances like that get perpetrated over and over again, that is frustrating", Spicer later said of the tweet. He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

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

With other candidates begging off, one possible replacement might be Kevin Kellems, a former aide to Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich and Senator Dan Coats who worked for the Trump campaign a year ago for two weeks before departing.

More fog set in when Spicer refused to confirm or discuss whether Kushner had secret discussions or why.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a central figure in the tempest over Russian Federation, is expected to submit documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee probing the matter.

Michael Flynn was sacked after it was revealed that he'd lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his secret communications with Russian officials.

Trump aides had been hoping to get through the trip before making staffing decisions.

While Dubke's last day has yet to be confirmed, we're sure he'll be out of 1600 Penn sooner than later!

The new aides will form part of a new communications "war room" reportedly being worked on by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and adviser Steve Bannon.

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

The Associated Press reported that Flynn agreed to do so after first invoking his Fifth Amendment rights because he said an initial request from the committee was too broad. "Friday the president was having a great discussion at the G7 and somebody from the BBC and ultimately an incoming reporter for The New York Times tweeted that the president was being rude by disrespecting the Italian prime minister when, in fact, you all - in every one of the meetings that we sit in - watch the president with that one earpiece that's been used by other presidents".

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