The White House announced the departure of Mike Dubke, the communications director of the Trump administration. This exit is believed to be a part of broader staff changes as President Trump tries to limit political damage from investigations into the role of Russia in his presidential campaign. Dubke confirmed the reports. He was communications director for only three months.
President Trump, who is supported by the GOP, was assailed by a number of questions related to Russia. This happened after a number of media houses reported news linked to Jared Kushner, his close adviser and also his son-in-law. The president was also grilled by the American media with his connections to the Russian ambassador based in Washington.
Dubke was employed by the White House to manage the office which runs public relations issues and the press. He was also responsible for overseeing the message strategy of the White House. Sean Spicer, the spokesman for the White House, and a much more high profile figure, is responsible for managing the daily media briefings.
President Trump came back to Washington on May 27 after his nine day trip to Europe and the Middle East. It is anticipated that he will shake up his existing coterie post tackling the firestorm concerning alleged meddling by Russia during his 2016 presidential campaign. Much has been discussed about the Russian angle and the country's relationship with Trump's transition team. The now president has plans to hire new aides to White House. He is expected to add a number of seasoned political professionals. If administration officials are to be believed, the list of people who can be inducted includes Trump's former campaign manager.
Shake ups to continue
Spicer was questioned on May 30 as to where if Trump had previous knowledge concerning multiple efforts by Kushner during December 2016 to establish a back channel for the exclusive purpose of communicating with Moscow. The White House spokesman said that the question assumes a lot of unsubstantiated facts to be true and as such cannot be answered.
Spicer was asked a number of questions. When questioned about any possible shake up, the spokesman answered that the president is happy with his existing team. He added that Trump has excellent plans for the future. According to a web media company, a number of other staff changes could take place. These includes fewer briefings by Spicer in front of the camera.