White House communications director resigns amid tensions

At a Tuesday press briefing, reporters asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if or when Trump knew Kushner was trying to set up back channels with Russian Federation before he became president.

Dubke's departure comes amid widespread speculation that a larger shakeup within Trump's communications team is imminent, as the looming crisis involving investigations into the Trump Administration's possible collusion with Russian Federation to rig the 2016 election appears to acquire new revelatory details with each passing week.

"The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration", Dubke noted in an email announcing his career change this morning.

Dubke's last day on the job has not been determined.

Dubke, who has been working as senior partner for Republican political advertising company Crossroads Media, joined the Trump administration in February.

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".

White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Mr Dubke resigned before Mr Trump left for his worldwide trip earlier this month, suggesting that his departure is not linked to any pending shake-ups.

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Other allies of Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle fueled reports that Trump was considering her for the job, rumors that she was willing to confirm. "There will be more changes, but I don't know how fast they are going to come".

"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.

The president has frequently complained about the use of unnamed or anonymous sources, especially in relation to the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian interference in the United States presidential election.

Forti said Dubke was skilled at crisis communications, but as the Trump presidency careened from crisis to crisis, attention turned to its communications operation, which often appeared to be slow in reacting to events. They also want to know whether Kushner tried to establish a secret channel of communication with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Cohen told ABC News that he has been asked by both House and Senate intelligence committees to provide information and testimony about the contacts he had with Russian officials.

Federal and congressional investigators are now examining what exactly Kushner and the Russian banker, Sergey N Gorkov, wanted from each other.

Trump posted a tweet Tuesday saying "we have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".

  • Jon Douglas