Thursday, 26 April, 2018

WH communications director Michael Dubke resigns

The White House is seen in Washington D.C The White House is seen in Washington D.C
Sammy Stanley | 31 May, 2017, 00:47

Dubke, who has worked closely with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, was trying to help restructure the press and communications operation.

Trump has repeatedly expressed frustration with internal leaks to the media from the White House. "In terms of staff shakeups, I always read things that simply aren't true ..." That includes introducing more rallies across the U.S. so Trump can speak directly with voters. At the same time, he often undermines his staffers, contradicting their public statements and derailing their efforts to stay on topic with inflammatory tweets.

He said he doesn't think the White House should release less information, but should instead do it differently, "so Sean Spicer and the communications team, maybe the war room, can push back in different ways without having to take this daily beating by mainstream media".

His predecessor in the post, Jason Miller, served in the presidential transition team but quit before the January 20 inauguration. "He's always proven that". His departure could be the first of many in the media offices of the White House. USA officials recently said Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin in an apparent move to shield discussions from monitoring.

Over the holiday weekend, the president tweeted that "The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don't want America to hear the real story!" At the time, it was reported he was taking a job the Trump administration had found challenging to find a candidate for.

Sofia Coppola takes directing prize at Cannes
Kidman wasn't at the French Riviera ceremony on Sunday night but sent a video message from her home in Nashville, Tennessee. The Palme d'Or award for best picture at the Cannes Film Festival has been awarded to Ruben Ostlund's The Square .

Bossie encouraged the American people to say enough is enough, and reject the concept of "the celebrity press conference". He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

It was announced May 19 that former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, who previously worked under Flynn, was leaving her role because Trump was nominating her as USA ambassador to Singapore. According to sources, Dubke will stay until Trump returns from his foreign trip. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added in the weeks ahead. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

"He never really got over that", the source close to the White House said. The official said Kushner was eager to share what he knows with Congress and other investigators.

Conway said Dubke "has expressed his desire to leave the White House and made very clear that he would see through the president's global trip".

Dubke follows Michael Flynn, the embattled retired three-star general who was Trump's first national security adviser, and several lower-level senior aides out the door before the 200th day of the administration.

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