White House communications director Michael Dubke resigns

Katrina Barker
May 31, 2017

Dubke confirmed that he was leaving his post, Politico reported, adding that he asked Trump to resign on May 18 and the president accepted his resignation immediately. The Post suggested that Dubke struggled to build relationships in the sometimes fractious White House.

As the Russian Federation probe rages and continues to be a big headache for President Trump, POLITICO alleges that he told friends weeks prior to Mr. Dubke's resignation that he was unhappy with how the communications director operates.

It is not known why Mr Dubke chose to quit, but relations between Donald Trump and the press have been strained at times.

Dubke had been in the process of divesting from Crossroads and Black Rock Group, two communications firms at which he worked before joining the administration, and was nearing the point when he would have had to complete the divestiture, a friend said.

Dubke took over the job in February, helping spell Sean Spicer who had the arduous task of both crafting Trump's message and subsequently defending the president in front of the press. Allen's source explained that Trump "says things exactly the way he wants them to be said", but Trump hasn't exactly been disciplined about his public statements.

"The mainstream media is in to destroy this presidency, and for the first time nullify an election", he said.

It is believed Mr Dubke had agreed to stay on until Mr Trump returned from his overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe.

"The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration", Dubke wrote.

But on the other hand, Trump was angry that Dubke and others struggled to craft communications plans to defend the president and push back at allegations stemming from the ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

His appointment was also seen as a relief for press secretary Sean Spicer who had been combining his own role with that of communications director, according to Fox.

As for the growing list of Trump World departures, we can now update the overall tally.

Mr Dubke, who was brought into the White House in March as head of the office that runs press and other public relations issues, wanted to stay on through Mr Trump's first foreign trip to ensure a smooth transition, senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News.

The resignation is seen by many in the U.S. as the beginning of a staff shake-up at the White House. "It's much more collaborative than people realize", she said.

In response, Mr Trump renewed his criticism of Ms Merkel, saying in a tweet: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".

The Reuters news agency cited Trump administration officials as saying the president plans to bring in his former campaign manager.

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