Trump's communications director set to leave White House - Trump adviser
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 18:15
Michael Dubke, the White House communications director, said he would step down, but four possible successors contacted by the White House declined to be considered, according to an associate of Mr. Trump who like others asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.
Stop the average person on the street and ask them if they know the name "Mike Dubke" and you are nearly certain to get a blank stare.
"What happened with Dubke, a lot of it has to do with just how impossible the job of communications director was in this White House".
"But it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and his admin".
It's unclear whether other staff moves are imminent.
Under pressure to shift the narrative away from Russian Federation and missteps, the president spoke with former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie about crisis help.
For the Trump administration, which is no stranger to having its secrets spilled, leaks are a common occurrence, which is another issue Trump will have to address if he indeed intends to shake things up at the White House.
Bossie told "Fox & Friends" that the administration has reached out to him but hasn't offered him a job.
"I have never seen it before where people came in to work in the West Wing and had never met the president - it's unheard of", said one former Trump adviser.
Dubke, 47, who has worked closely with White House press secretary Sean Spicer, served as a behind-the-scenes player helping manage communications strategy and responses to crises such as the firing of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, as well as rollout plans for policy and other initiatives.
Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, White House communications director Michael Dubke announced his resignation Tuesday in what many inside and outside the White House see as the first shoe to drop.
But his departure raises questions about whether previous Trump loyalists are headed to the White House. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added, along with crisis communication experts, to help the White House in the weeks ahead.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a central figure in the tempest over Russian Federation, is expected to submit documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee probing the matter. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity. Priebus and White House adviser Steve Bannon have been laying the groundwork for the new "war room".
A senior administration official said Kushner was keeping his head down and focusing on work after the foreign trip.
Reports about the December meeting in Trump Tower between Russians and Trump officials - which was already under scrutiny from investigators - have thrust Kushner into the center of the ongoing Russia investigations. "You're going to have a situation where they're going to have trouble getting A-list or even B-list people to sign up".
Whether Mr. Trump will actually reorganize his White House team remained uncertain.
Trump's nine-day journey was jam packed with engagements in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican City, Brussels and Italy and saw him receive a warm welcome at first.
In the background, Mr Trump's advisers are reportedly beginning to establish a crisis-control communications operation to separate inquiries regarding the Russian Federation investigation and related scandals from issues connected to policy and legislation.
Early Tuesday, Trump Twitter-tweaked Germany, saying the status quo on trade and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expenses are "very bad for U.S. This will change". "Very bad for U.S. This will change", He tweeted at about 7 a.m. ET.