Trump's communications director set to leave White House

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May 30, 2017 23:06:38

US President Donald Trump’s communications director Mike Dubke is set to leave after just three months in his post, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says.

Key points:

  • Mike Dubke is reportedly leaving on good terms
  • His departure comes amid plans for a larger White House shake-up
  • The changes may include more lawyers, and fewer on-camera briefings

“He has expressed his desire to leave the White House and made very clear that he would see through the President’s international trip,” Ms Conway said in an interview on Fox News, referring to Mr Trump’s first overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday.

Mr Dubke, a communications firm owner who was brought into the Trump administration in March, resigned on May 18, according to Axios News, which first reported his departure citing a senior administration official.

It said he has not set a last day on the job and is leaving on good terms.

Mr Dubke’s departure will come amid White House plans for a larger strategic shake-up to tackle allegations involving communication between Russia and Mr Trump’s presidential campaign, including a “war room” to combat mounting questions and multiple probes.

According to administration officials and people close to Mr Trump, the President plans to bring in new aides to the White House, adding experienced political professionals including his former campaign manager.

The changes may also include more lawyers to handle the Russia probe as part of the effort to tackle a scandal that has threatened to consume Mr Trump’s young presidency.

Fewer briefings, but more questions possible

Other potential changes are also expected to the White House communications office, according to Axios, including fewer on-camera briefings with White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Mr Trump will also take more questions directly from the media, it reported.

Ms Conway also played down persistent rumours that Mr Spicer, who has been pilloried on comedy shows, was on his way out.

She said he would be back at the podium to brief reporters this week.

Mr Spicer served with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus when both worked at the Republican National Committee.

Mr Priebus and White House adviser Steve Bannon have been laying the groundwork for the new “war room” that will also involve Mr Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, sources told Reuters.

Reuters

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