Trump's Communications Director Departs After Just Three Months
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 9:16
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's communications director quit, his press secretary huffed and his spat with the German Chancellor boiled. Trump is, allegedly, planning a major White House shakeup-though rumors about Trump's displeasure with his staff have persisted for months with no overt action taken.
As he took the job, Breitbart - the alt-right website run until previous year by Stephen Bannon, now a top Trump top aide - ran a story decrying Dubke's hiring, saying he was an acolyte of Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush's top political aide.
In the first business day at the White House since President Trump returned from a nine day foreign trip, Trump Administration officials rattled off a list of achievements from his stops in the Mideast and Europe, as the President once more used Twitter to take the press to task for writing more stories about ties between the 2016 Trump Campaign and Russian Federation.
"Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the president and the president's policies moving forward", Priebus said.
A top White House communications staffer has resigned as President Donald Trump considers a major staff overhaul amid intensifying inquiries into his campaign's dealings with Russian Federation.
Dubke wrote in a statement that it had been an honor to serve Trump and "my distinct pleasure to work side by side, day by day with the staff of the communications and press departments".
But it remains unclear whether the president might envision them working inside the White House or in outside roles. A White House official responded "no" when asked if more resignations or firings were expected in the coming weeks. Rove, of course, was one of Trump's harshest critics, and Rove wasn't shy about his plan to derail Trump's nomination as the Republican Presidential candidate. Previously, Dubke served as a partner for the political advertising group Crossroads Media, which describes itself as "the premier Republican media services firm".
Amid the recent speculation, reports have surfaced that Trump is looking at bringing on former confidantes, including former campaign operative Corey Lewandowski, and possibly FOX News journalists to help with communication strategy for an administration that has lurched from one crisis to the next since Inauguration Day. "He is brilliant with a great sense of humor ... and an fantastic ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible".
Bossie told "Fox & Friends" that the administration has reached out to him but hasn't offered him a job.
The latest twist involves the president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who reportedly tried to set up a back channel for communications between the Trump team and Moscow.
The statement came in response to a Washington Post report on Trump's tendency of attacking his own staff with insults. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss private thinking and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
But even with those expectations, the tumult seemed unusually apparent as the White House chugged back to work.