White House Communications Director resigned before Trump's overseas trip
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 5:40
White House Communications Director Mike Dubke has resigned from his post in President Donald Trump's administration - a move which some see as the first of a possible series of staffing changes, according to reports that surfaced Tuesday. Trump accepted Dubke's offered to stay on through the president's recent trip overseas.
Dubke submitted the resignation on May 18, according to Axios, who first reported he was quitting after just three months of serving in the Trump administration.
Perhaps most worrisome to the Presidents allies was Trumps call to two top intelligence officials to pressure the Federal Bureau of Investigation to curb the Russian Federation inquiry.
Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, has joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying Russian Federation investigations.
They included clips of more negative reviews, including a State Department official who told the Daily Beast "When it comes to diplomacy, President Trump is a drunk tourist, ' and a quote from Merkel expressing displeasure that the USA wouldn't agree to a joint G7 statement on climate change". He focused heavily on leaks - both those coming out of the White House and an intelligence leak blamed on Americans about the deadly bombing at a concert in Britain. "I want to thank Mike Dubke for his service to President Trump and this administration", chief of staff Reince Priebus said in a statement.
Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Russian officials must be laughing at the US & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News".
"I honestly can't say that it's going to be a wave", one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters at the White House.
"In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C plus", Trump said in an interview on Fox News Channel early in his term.
The Post suggested that Dubke struggled to build relationships in the sometimes fractious White House.
As he mulls changes, Trump has entertained formally bringing back his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie.
He added that it was to help ensure a smooth transition.
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.
"It is never as bad as folks think it is on the outside", one official said. He unleashed a flurry of tweets on Sunday, lashing out at what he calls the "fake news" media.
In mid-December, Kushner met with Vladimir Putin ally Sergey N. Gorkov of Vnesheconombank, a state-controlled Russian bank that is still under sanction by the U.S. It has also been used by Russia to plant spies in the United States.