White House communications chief quits

Echoing President Trump's tweets, a White House spokesman blasted "fake news" about the Administration and declined to answer questions about recent reports on Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Mike Dubke, an experienced Republican strategist, was hired to revamp the White House media strategy.

When reporters pointed out that a story tweeted out by Mr. Trump today used anonymous sources to bolster his own Russian Federation response, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was having none of it.

Dubke oversaw the White House communications office, which ran press and other outreach efforts.

The White House announced Mr Dubke's hiring March 6 after a rocky start for Mr Trump's communications operation.

He recently raised the idea of scrapping the daily news briefing altogether and holding one himself every fortnight.

Spicer would not say whether the two men were the only ones now under consideration, or if they were considered finalists.

Conway also dismissed persistent speculation that Spicer, who has been pilloried on TV comedy shows since Trump took office on January 20, was on his way out.

The mood inside the White House is fraught with tension, particularly with the Russian Federation investigation that most staffers are walled off from, the sources said.

Trump returned from his overseas trip over the weekend. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added in the weeks ahead.

Axios reported that he offered to stay until end of the president's first overseas trip as US leader.

Russian government officials discussed having potentially "derogatory" information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source.

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.

Senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News the White House will continue to bring in Cabinet secretaries and other top officials to handle news briefings on topics in their patch. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss private thinking and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Dubke's last day as White House communications director has not been set yet, officials said. "Very bad for U.S. This will change".

  • Leroy Wright