White House communications director resigns amid tensions

Raquel Nash
June 1, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Trump is scheduled to meet Tuesday with John Pistole (PIS-tul), the former head of the Transportation Security Administration. The move was soon confirmed by multiple outlets.

"The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration", Dubke said in a message to friends on Tuesday.

For Trump's critics, that was evidence of unbridled hubris - a sign the president and his aides had no idea how hard it is to run the White House, America and the world. That seems a little risky, especially given Trump's propensity to complicate White House communications rather than make them work, as his shifting explanations of the firing of James Comey demonstrated.

Other potential staff changes could be in the works, according to Axios, including fewer on-camera news briefings by Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary.

Dubke's last day as White House Communications Director is likely to be Tuesday and he is expected to meet with his staff at the White House.

Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, has told The Associated Press that Dubke handed in his resignation before President Donald Trump left for his global trip earlier this month.

He resigned on May 18 but offered to stay on his post until the end of the president's first foreign trip, ABC News has learned.

"In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C plus", Trump said in an interview on Fox News Channel early in his term.

Lewandowski's imminent return is the reported cause of "senior Trump administration officials gnashing their teeth" in trepidation for the president's former campaign manager to come into the Trump administration in a "crisis management" capacity.


Mr Dubke, who previously worked as senior partner for Republican political advertising company Crossroads Media, was not part of the Trump campaign and was not seen as a loyalist.

At least that's what Axios and others are suggesting after news of Mike Dubke's resignation as communications director was made official Tuesday morning.

In response to questions about whether Trump knew of the alleged discussions, Spicer repeatedly insisted that reports citing anonymous sources did not merit discussion.

On Tuesday, Trump shot back against the Russian Federation probes in a tweet.

"I sort of stole her husband", Donald Trump has said of his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a top Democrat on the intelligence committee, claimed that Flynn misled Pentagon officials about his income from Russian businesses when he tried to renew his security clearance a year ago.

With that, the White House press corps laughed.

"I think the President is very pleased with his team and he has a robust agenda, as I've just outlined, that he looks forward to working with Congress to get done to achieve the results for the American people".

The disclosures from investigations stemming from Russian meddling in last year's election - coupled with the president's habit of undercutting his staff - have driven away candidates for West Wing jobs that normally would be among the most coveted in American politics, according to people involved in the search.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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