White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday President Donald Trump is the best person to communicate his message and then took the opportunity to bash what the administration believes are fake news reports on a variety of subjects.
He told CNN Tuesday he submitted his resignation on May 18 but offered to stay until the end of President Donald Trump's foreign trip. "It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Trump wrote in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday. "It's very important to recognise that the president has expressed full confidence in Jared Kushner and also went on to note the considerable progress and very large important portfolio that Jared oversees here at the White House", she said.
"It has been my great honour to serve President Trump and this administration", Mr Dubke said in a statement. The Affordable Care Act, which Trump promised to repeal and replace, remains the law of the land as Republicanstry to cobble together a bill that won't leave millions of Americans without health insurance; Trump's ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries is ensnared in the courts; and his budget looks unlikely to pass in anything resembling its current form.
Trump has struck out at leaks from the White House on a number of occasions, referring to them as "fake news"-particularly those concerning information about the investigation into Russia's interference in the USA election".
Spicer also confirmed that Mr. Trump is interviewing two candidates for Federal Bureau of Investigation director Tuesday - John Pistole, a former deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and Christopher Wray, a former assistant attorney general.
"Trump's communication team is in complete disarray".
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Jason Miller, the Trump campaign's senior communications adviser, was slated to serve as communications director in the White House, but he stepped aside a few weeks before Inauguration Day, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Stop the average person on the street and ask them if they know the name "Mike Dubke" and you are nearly certain to get a blank stare. "What I'm telling you is, is that the reason that the president is frustrated is because there's a perpetuation of false narratives, a use of unnamed sources over and over again about things that are happening that don't always happen, and I think that is troubling", Spicer said and abruptly ended the press conference.
Most recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that meetings between Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Russian officials were being looked into, following news from The Washington Post that he had attempted to open a backchannel of communications with Moscow.
"Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the president and the president's policies moving forward", Priebus said.
Even if he ousted Mr. Priebus, who has told friends that his goal is to remain in his job for at least a year, finding a replacement might be no easier than it has been for other positions.