White House Communications Director resigned before Trump's overseas trip

Michele Moreno
June 1, 2017

Trump fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in late April, a decision for which the White House and the president have offered a variety of conflicting justifications.

Mr Dubke tendered his resignation May 18, Axios reported earlier, saying his final day hasn't been set yet. 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", Priebus said.

Dubke was the rare Trump newcomer in a White House in which personal relationships and proximity to the president are the currency.

Dubke, the founder of Crossroads Media, a conservative media relations firm, replaced Jason Miller, who accepted the communications director job before changing his mind in December, citing family reasons.

It's unclear whether other staff moves are imminent. David Bossie, who served as a deputy campaign manager for Trump, will not be named communications director. Whoever Trump appoints will require Senate approval, and winning that could prove hard, as both Democrats and Republicans will probably push for a person who could resist the White House's influence.

Asked about a possible staff shake-up, Spicer said: "I think the president is very pleased with his team and he has a robust agenda".

"He has expressed his desire to leave the White House and made very clear that he would see through the president's worldwide trip and come to work every day and work hard even through that trip", Conway said.

Beyond Dubke, White House press secretary Sean Spicer is expected to take on a reduced public role, though he is conducting the briefing later on Tuesday.

However, Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's woes on the communications effort.

Without mentioning which Trump associates or aides were discussed, the sources told CNN that the conversations involved members of Trump's campaign team.

The article describes a December 1 or 2 meeting in which Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser, discussed setting up a direct communication system between Trump and Moscow with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The meeting was also attended by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, but both Kushner and Flynn were still just private citizens at the time.

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