White House to stop taking questions related to Russian Federation probe

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Spicer discussed ongoing possible connections to Jared Kushner an.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanked Dubke in a statement and said Dubke had "offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded".

Trump has privately pinned some of the blame for his administration's rough start on the White House's communications strategy.

Trump, fresh off his foreign trip, returned to Washington this weekend facing not only congressional probes but the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Trump's associates and Russian Federation as the Kremlin allegedly tried to tip the election Trump's way.

Donald Trump is "very pleased" with the performance of his media team and is looking forward to push his agenda, the White House said today, a day after the U.S. president's communications director Michael Dubke resigned.

"He wants to know if he really did it", Kushner said of Trump, "and if it was really level".

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People briefed on the discussions said in the Times report that Trump has sought advice from corporate officials including Fox media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Then on Monday, Fox News published an anonymously-sourced story of its own, alleging the Russians had proposed the idea, not Kushner. "We just didn't think they were the best people to tell us how to run the White House", Kushner said of the former occupants of the White House.

The Washington Post is reporting that Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, asked for a direct channel to Moscow that would circumvent US communications procedures. "He's always proven that".

By the time the first change in what may be a broader shake-up was announced Tuesday, the White House was left without a replacement. Trump has entertained bringing his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, more formally back into the fold. The person and others discussing private conversations spoke on condition of anonymity. "This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in American government".

CNN's correspondent Him Acosta said reporters make mistake, while Baker accused Spicer of blowing the incident out of proportion.

"There's no doubt in my mind that people are being very cautious, to put it mildly", the lawyer said, adding that it's a problem that could leave the administration hard-pressed to recruit talented staffers.

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