As Trump grapples with crisis, communications aide steps down

Claudine Rigal
Juin 1, 2017

White House communications director Michael Dubke announced his resignation this week and, amid reports of an imminent shake up, there has been much speculation about Spicer's future as press secretary. A top White House communications staffer has resigned as President Donald Trump considers overhauling his White House staff over frustrations that his team is struggling to contain the burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The President tweeted on 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". Ms Conway said Mr Dubke agreed to continue working while Mr Trump was away on his first global trip as president.

Dubke resigned on May 18 though he has not set a last day on the job, according to Axios News, which first reported his departure.

The Reuters news agency cited Trump administration officials as saying the president plans to bring in his former campaign manager.

"I think [President Trump] is very pleased with the work of his staff", said Spicer.

Axios said Tuesday that other changes would see White House Press Secretary Sean Spice make fewer on-camera briefings, after being mocked on several USA comedy shows since Trump took office.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Washington.

"As far as wiretapping, I guess, by - you know - [the Obama] administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump said in March during a press conference with Merkel.

While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and Trump associates' potential involvement.

The most significant new revelation is that Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, is now a focus of investigation.

The Washington Post and other major outlets reported last week that Kushner and Russian officials discussed the possibility of opening up a secret channel for communications a year ago. Flynn handed in his resignation in February after it was revealed he misled top White House officials about his contacts with Russian officials.

This brought protests from reporters seeking examples of "fake news" and a back-and-forth with Spicer that seemed to leave no one in the room satisfied.

Trump's tweet had counter-punched Merkel, who had warned, post Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit performance, what she had experienced in the past few days was that Europe could no longer rely on the United States under Trump.

"The Germans are bad, very bad".

Trump wants to respond more aggressively to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and questions about investigations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

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