Trump's communications director resigns as staff shake-up looms

We don't know, yet, exactly what to make of reports that Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, asked Russia's ambassador to the set up a way to communicate secretly with Moscow through secure Russian facilities that the USA government could not monitor.

On his return, his woes intensified as fresh allegations emerged which centre on the role of the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in communications with the Russian government.

Spicer declined to answer a question in a White House press gaggle about congressional testimony Comey is expected to give concerning the president's request to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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.

"The last time I was ever drunk was at my bachelor party and that was what, 28 years ago, 27 years ago", Brown said.

The tweet would stay live on Trump's Twitter feed for hours before being deleted in the morning. He urged his followers to figure out the "true meaning" of "covfefe".

That one stayed up, unleashing another round of social media confusion.

"What we ended up with was a military-grade, encrypted phone that had the microphone ripped out", said Mr McLaughlin, who thinks the White House communications office has prevailed upon Mr Trump to use some kind of phone with enhanced security.

Spicer's evasion comes as the White House is said to be considering revamping its communications strategy, possibly by having cabinet secretaries hold more on-camera briefings while Spicer does less.

Asked about the cryptic message, Spicer replied, "The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant".

Despite the president's lighthearted response to what almost everyone assumed was a typo, Spicer said that there was much more to "covfefe" than meets the eye. Trump's actions stood to harm the United States by damaging an important source of information about an American enemy, but Republicans took no action.

The administration alternatively used the terms "gaggle" and "pen and pad session" for Wednesday's briefing, saying audio could be recorded but could not be aired live or streamed.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanked Dubke in a statement and said Dubke had "offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded". "We ignored him", said Bierbauer, a former CNN correspondent.

Spicer, undoubtedly, knew he was going to have to address this at the briefing. "Everything at the White House runs on White House time".

  • Larry Hoffman