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White House communications director resigns amid tensions

01 June, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Rickey Alvarado
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Dubke's resignation may serve as an opportunity to revamp Trump's communications team, which has frequently come under criticism during the early months of the president's term.

And the resignation of Dubke does not signal the beginning of a flood of departures in the West Wing, two administration officials and a person close to the White House told CNN. It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side by side, day by day, with the staff of the communications and press depts.

Conway said the White House will continue to bring in Cabinet secretaries and other top officials to handle news briefings on topics in their patch. Asked about a report that former FBI Director James Comey will testify next week before the Senate Intel Committee that Trump pressured him to drop the Michael Flynn investigation, Spicer responded his job is to focus on the President's agenda and "going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel".

Dubke resigned on May 18 though he has not set a last day on the job, according to Axios News, which first reported his departure.

Conway said Dubke "has expressed his desire to leave the White House and made very clear that he would see through the president's worldwide trip".

The president's team reportedly recoiled at the comment, insisting that "America First" is the Trump doctrine - as if a shallow bumper-sticker slogan and a foreign-policy doctrine are the same thing. Asked by the Daily Mail's Francesca Chambers why Trump considers The Post report dubious but the Fox News report credible, Spicer had no answer because there is no logical consistency.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump's combative former campaign manager, and ex-deputy campaign chief David Bossie are rumored to be under consideration to operate a so-called war room to deal with the deepening Russian Federation controversy.

He founded Crossroads Media, a media buying firm, and helped found the Black Rock Group, a public relations firm, but he had never served in a press capacity before and was the victim of an unconventional structure in which he essentially reported to Mr. Spicer.

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Mike Dubke, the current communications director, announced Tuesday he would be leaving the White House in the near future for "personal reasons". National security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters on Saturday that so-called back-channeling was not unusual.

Another reporter pointed out that Trump had just retweeted an anonymously sourced Fox News story contradicting Washington Post and New York Times reports that Kushner proposed the backchannel, but confirming such discussions did take place.

"It would be another trainwreck", an anonymous White House official "bluntly" told the Beast.

Spicer's deference to the president continued as he took questions from reporters on Tuesday.

Kushner was also seen as more internationalist than Bannon, who fueled Trump's more isolationist instincts on trade and immigration.

Other White House staffers who spoke with the Beast confirmed that Lewandowski "won't be in the White House proper", and will be more of a "shadow adviser". "I would just say Mr. Kushner's attorney has said Mr. Kushner volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings".

"I think he's very pleased with the work of his staff", Spicer said.


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