WH aide Michael Dubke says his last day is TBD

The Republican president came home to face more questions on Russian Federation after media reports about communications during and after the campaign between his son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, and Russia's ambassador to Washington. His last day has not yet been set.

A Republican consultant, Dubke joined the White House team in February after campaign aide Jason Miller - Trump's original choice for communications director - withdrew from consideration.

"Honestly, I haven't asked him", Spicer said, noting the final decision on the global climate agreement is ultimately "up to" President Trump. 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 Dubke "has expressed his desire to leave the White House and made very clear that he would see through the president's global trip".

Trump did not immediately address Dubke's resignation.

Asked about the possible changes in Tuesday afternoon's briefing, Spicer said, "I think the president is very pleased with his team".

And, even as Dubke was on the way out, there was increasing chatter that two longtime Trump loyalists - Corey Lewandowski, who managed Trump's campaign during its formative stages, and David Bossie, who served as deputy campaign manager in its later stages - were on their way back in. But Dubke, during his short stint in the White House was so behind-the-scenes as to seem totally nonexistent.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied on Tuesday that the resignation of White House communications director Mike Dubke signaled a larger reorganization of the White House communications staff of strategy. Trump told Russian diplomats that he fired "nut job" Comey to ease the pressure of the mounting investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia, according to a report from the New York Times.

The incident came hours after news that White House Communications Director Mike Dubke had resigned, in what is seen as the first step in a staff shake-up that could involve Spicer himself.

More fog set in when Spicer refused to confirm or discuss whether Kushner had secret discussions or why. Priebus and White House adviser Steve Bannon have been laying the groundwork for the new "war room".

The intent was to connect Trump's chief national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, with Russian military leaders, a person familiar with the discussions told the AP.

Republican and Democratic operatives in recent days have said the problem with a West Wing makeover will be finding qualified and capable Republican hands who are willing to work for a president and administration that are under federal and congressional investigation - and that have struggled to produce clear domestic victories while also angering longtime USA allies like Germany. "Very bad for U.S. This will change", He tweeted at about 7 a.m. ET.

In turn, the president tweeted: "We have a massive trade deficit with Germany".

Mr. Trump also must decide by Thursday whether to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, as he promised during the campaign, or sign a new six-month waiver delaying such a move while he tries to negotiate Middle East peace.

  • Arturo Norris