White House Holds Briefing Amid Reports Of Staff Changes, Russia Developments


Press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the story at the start of the White House press briefing and said detailed questions about the reports - which cited anonymous sources - assume the allegations are true.

And the resignation of Dubke does not signal the beginning of a flood of departures in the West Wing, two administration officials and a person close to the White House told CNN. He's always proven that. But numerous people close to the president and his team are expecting further changes this time.

"This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American Government". Reports have circulated that Trump may bring in trusted former aides, including his original campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former deputy campaign manager David Bossie, as the White House struggles to keep focused on its policy agenda while dealing with FBI and congressional investigations into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.

"It was an unprecedented first trip overseas, just four months into this administration, and it shows just how quickly and decisively the president is acting to strengthen alliances, form new partnerships and to rebuild America's standing in the world", Spicer said, before reading praise from Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich and former CIA Director Jim Woolsey.

Asked about the possible changes in Tuesday afternoon's briefing, Spicer said, "I think the president is very pleased with his team". He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

The latest revelations to emerge last week involved Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner.

Martin Schulz
Martin Schulz

The move comes as the role of President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is also under Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny for his alleged establishment of a back-channel of communications with the Kremlin during the transition.

President Donald Trump says Russian officials "must be laughing at the U.S". The official said Kushner was eager to share what he knows with Congress and other investigators. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss private thinking and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Indeed, Dubke offered his resignation before the president's departure, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told The Associated Press, but offered to stay on during the trip.

White House communications director Michael Dubke has confirmed he is leaving the White House and says his last day on the job has not been determined.

"Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the president and the president's policies moving forward", Priebus said.

"There's a lot of this stuff that has gotten pushed out based on unnamed, unaccountable sources, that is very troubling, and I think when you see the same kind of thing happen over and over again, it is concerning", Spicer said Tuesday.

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