Trump's communications director Mike Dubke has resigned

Dubke, who served in the post for three months, tendered his resignation May 18.

Michael Dubke's departure comes as Trump considers major staff overhaul to counter allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

Mike Dubke was an outsider hired to bring focus and discipline to the Trump White House communications operation.

White House communications director Michael Dubke has confirmed he is leaving the White House and says his last day on the job has not been determined.

As Trump stepped into a deep crisis by firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and divulging classified intelligence to Russian officials in the Oval Office, the president turned his ire to a communications staff he felt did not fight hard enough for him.

The Daily Mail's Francesca Chambers challenged Spicer's criticism of anonymous sources in news reports: Trump himself retweeted on Tuesday an unbylined Fox News report, which cited one unnamed source, claiming that Russian Federation had instigated the discussion of a secret backchannel with Kushner, not the other way around, as the Post had reported.

"I think what I said just speaks for itself", Spicer said, referring to his responses to Rucker.

Mr Dubke is the latest White House staffer to leave this administration as scrutiny intensifies over contacts Trump staffers may have had with Russian government officials during the campaign and transition period.

Other potential staff changes could be in the works, according to Axios News, which first reported Dubke's departure, including fewer on-camera news briefings by Spicer, the White House press secretary. While Trump could distance himself from the actions of his former associates, he cannot do so with Kushner, his most trusted adviser and the husband of his daughter Ivanka.

Later in the briefing, Spicer was again asked about the topic and had this to say: "Again, I think both of those individuals [Kelly and McMaster], who are steeped in national security and foreign policy, have said that can be an effective tool, generally speaking, in diplomacy".

Conway, on Fox News, also played down persistent rumours that Spicer was on his way out.

I suppose we could add former FBI Director James Comey to the list, though he was already at his post when Trump arrived. He said one option was minor cosmetic changes, but also said Trump was considering major staffing changes, according to someone who spoke to him.

The disclosure of the back channel has put the White House on the defensive.

Congressional investigations into the Russian Federation issue have expanded to include Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

He never denied the Washington Post's reporting from Friday, which was based on unnamed US officials briefed on intelligence reports.

Cohen did not respond to Reuters' request to comment.

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