Press Secretary Sean Spicer's unusual two days of press briefings since returning from President Donald Trump's foreign odyssey this week are the result of a White House increasingly frustrated with the press corps, according to a report by CNN's Dylan Byers.
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President Trump has reportedly been talking with former campaign advisers, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, about taking on formal roles, as well as the creation of the crisis-communications war room.
In a brief interview, Dubke declined to elaborate on his reasons for leaving.
Reviews were mixed for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary who has filled in for Spicer at White House press briefings a few times. Trump, who returned to Washington on Saturday after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, has been expected to shake up staff to tackle the firestorm over investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and communication between Russia and Trump's campaign and transition team.
The Republican president came home to face more questions on Russian Federation after media reports about communications during and after the campaign between his son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, and Russia's ambassador to Washington.
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White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, met in December with Russia's ambassador to the US and discussed whether a secret line of communication could be used to facilitate sensitive policy discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Russian officials must be laughing at the USA & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News".
White House sources confirm for Breitbart News that Spicer will stick around in his job at the press office.
Dubke, who has worked closely with Spicer, served as a behind-the-scenes player helping manage communications strategy and responses to events such as the Comey firing, as well as rollout plans for policy and other initiatives.
"Russian officials must be laughing at the USA & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News", he tweeted. It marked the first time the White House had officially acknowledged that outside counsel had been retained.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Trump will meet with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on June 9 for "a working visit". Cohen told ABC he turned down those invitations. He didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The White House attributed Spicer's absence to Navy reserve duty, but Spicer had been on duty the week before, and CNN reported that he actually was benched in favor of Sanders.