Trump's communications director throws in the towel

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Mr Trump will also take more questions directly from the media, it reported. His last day has not yet been set. Mr. Dubke, who advised Rick Perry when he was governor of Texas, bought advertising for Rudolph W. Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign and served as consultant for Senator Dan Sullivan when he ousted an incumbent in Alaska in 2014.

Dubke resigned just before Trump left on his foreign trip but will stay on "until a transition is concluded", Reince Priebus, the White House's chief of staff, said.

Dubke, who served in the post for three months, tendered his resignation May 18.

"I think he's very pleased with the work of his staff", Mr. Spicer said.

P.S. Keep an eye out for statements from Trump loyalists Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie as it's believed they'll be tapped to take over for Michael!

Mr Dubke, who previously worked as senior partner for Republican political advertising company Crossroads Media, was not part of the Trump campaign and was not seen as a loyalist. The White House has also not provided a name of who will be replacing Dubke's role.

White House communications director Mike Dubke is leaving the administration, he said Tuesday, amid swirling speculation about a possible Trump staff shakeup.

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. But just hours earlier, Mr. Trump posted a link on Twitter to a report on the "Fox & Friends" website based on an unnamed source seemingly meant to defend Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser.

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Even as he did not directly answer questions from reporters, Spicer nearly seemed to confirm stories that Kushner had sought a secret communications channel with Moscow during the transition. "He's always proven that", Spicer told the White House press corps. Just last week, the investigation focused on his son-in-law Kushner, who investigators believe attempted to set up secret communications with Russian Federation during his father-in-law's presidential campaign previous year.

He praises Fox News propaganda that supports his agenda (including when it relies on unnamed sources) and has even given White House press passes to extremist right-wing organizations, such as InfoWars, that traffic in conspiracy theories about Democrats.

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was sacked in February after mischaracterizing his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

Republican and Democratic operatives in recent days have said the problem with a West Wing makeover will be finding qualified and capable Republican hands who are willing to work for a president and administration that are under federal and congressional investigation - and that have struggled to produce clear domestic victories while also angering longtime US allies like Germany.

Acosta acknowledged that reporters sometimes make mistakes, and New York Times' Peter Baker asked Spicer if he was possibly making too much out of a story that arose from a BBC reporter's tweet.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that "we have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".

Trump had tweeted earlier on Tuesday that Germany's trade and military policies are very bad for his country and warned that something will be done about it.

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