Dubke resigns as White House communications director
- Author: Tracy Klein Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 1:13
What complicates things further for the White House, though, is that the Trump administration is not only in the midst of communications chaos, but now under investigation for a scandal that has the potential to make history.
His departure comes amid White House plans for a larger strategic shake-up to tackle head-on allegations involving communication between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, including a "war room" to combat mounting questions and multiple probes.
White House aides are leaking that President Trump is considering a staff shakeup to stop them from leaking, and the casualty on Monday was communications director Mike Dubke.
The White House refused to confirm reports senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner asked Russian officials to set up an off-the-record communications channel Tuesday.
Kushner is said to be tied up in the FBI investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Moscow, which U.S. intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November election in the Republican's favor.
The president's inner circle has been preparing a series of shifts meant to deal with the growing inquiries into any possible contacts between associates of Trump and Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign and the transition before his inauguration.
In a statement, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanked Dubke for his service.
"Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the president and the president's policies moving forward", said Priebus.
"You have to find a way to separate and distance the core White House staff from that level of intensity on business unrelated to the President's agenda".
"The president was very direct in calling on the leaders of the region to drive out the terrorists and the extremists from their midst, and to isolate the Iranian regime that supports so much of this violence", Spicer said on Tuesday.
Dubke, other officials suggested, would not be the last to go.
In the past 24 hours, however, at least three old hands from Trump's campaign - manager Corey Lewandowski, deputy campaign manager David Bossie and communications director Jason Miller - have been spotted departing the West Wing as Trump seeks outside advice. "There will be more changes, but I don't know how fast they are going to come". The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.
Trump will also take more questions directly from the media, it reported. Kushner does have a lawyer, Jamie Gorelick.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. "Very bad for U.S. This will change".