But the Russian Federation investigation only picked up more momentum yesterday.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer returned to the briefing room podium Tuesday for the first time in more than two weeks, taking the time to castigate the media for not heaping effusive praise on Trump's nine-day trip through the Middle East and Europe.
"They have talked to many people, including me", Mr Bossie said.
Amid the recent speculation, reports have surfaced that Trump is looking at bringing on former confidantes, including former campaign operative Corey Lewandowski, and possibly FOX News journalists to help with communication strategy for an administration that has lurched from one crisis to the next since Inauguration Day.
Mr Dubke's last day has not yet been determined. So who will take his place?
In an email to friends he wrote, "It has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration".
Mr Trump's comments at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, which included demands for increased defence spending, also rattled some allies. And he has vowed to announce this week whether he will pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement negotiated by Mr. Obama.
But his departure raises questions about whether previous Trump loyalists are headed to the White House.
"I think ISIS can do bad things. but it is the Russians who are trying, who tried to destroy the very fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election". "I think he is frustrated, like I am, and like so many others, to see stories come out that are patently false".More news: Priyanka Chopra's 'Baywatch' Villain Was Originally Written for a Man
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It comes as new reports suggest that Russian officials were "bragging" about gaining leverage with Donald Trump's inner circle during his election campaign.
Spicer maintained the president views Germany and Europe more broadly as an important U.S. ally and welcomes calls by Merkel for Europe to take on a greater role in defence.
No word on whether or not The White House will follow suit.
"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", Mr. Trump tweeted this morning, as White House officials once more jabbed at the news media for using anonymous sources.
Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, his administration is looking for ways to respond more aggressively to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow. Mr. Trump has asked associates about Gary D. Cohn, his national economics adviser, and David Urban, who was an aide to Senator Arlen Specter. Mr.
Mr. Trump has railed against the news media and what he considers "fake news" since the presidential campaign.
Kushner "has a strong team around him working on every part of his portfolio", a source close to Trump's son-in-law said, adding he wasn't planning on leaving, at least of his own volition.
In a brief interview, Mr. Dubke declined to elaborate. He said the reasons for his departure were "personal".
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanked Dubke in a statement and said he had "offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded".