White House communications director Mike Dubke resigns

Dubke was originally brought in to be communications director when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked to focus on the briefing job and drop the time-consuming obligations of the job.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday tried to downplay the idea of a staff shake-up and said Dubke has been professional about his departure. He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

Dubke was a late addition to Trump's administration, replacing Jason Miller, who served in Trump's presidential campaign. His final day has not been determined.

Dubke came under sharp criticism from President Trump and many senior officials for not being able to do his job properly apparently in the aftermath of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

White House Communications Director Mike Dubke has formally resigned from his post, according to a White House official. Trump has privately pinned some of the blame for his administration's rough start on the White House's communications strategy.

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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.

The move comes as the role of President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is also under Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny for his alleged establishment of a back-channel of communications with the Kremlin during the transition.

The disclosure of the back channel has put the White House on the defensive. He offered to stay on to help manage communications in Washington during Trump's foreign trip, and the president accepted.

Trump, fresh off his foreign trip, returned to Washington this weekend facing not only congressional probes but the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Trump's associates and Russian Federation as the Kremlin allegedly tried to tip the election Trump's way.

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  • Adam Floyd