The Note: The White House staff shakeup begins

01 June, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Brittany Bishop
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Mr Dubke, who didn't work on the Mr Trump campaign, joined after campaign spokesman Jason Miller declined to take the communications director position. GOP operative Dubke had lasted just three months; before he was signed, the job had been held by Sean Spicer simultaneous to his being the White House press secretary.

Dubke told Politico on Tuesday he expected to go back to Black Rock Group, his communications and public affairs firm. Dubke has resigned as President Donald Trump considers a major staff overhaul amid intensifying inquiries into his campaign's dealings with Russian Federation.

Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway suggested on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning that it was Dubke's decision to leave.

Clapper previously testified before a Senate judiciary subcommittee that he was not aware of any evidence demonstrating collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation - but he also said he had been unaware of an FBI investigation into the matter until former FBI Director James Comey announced it publicly at a House hearing in March.

Lewandowski's imminent return is the reported cause of "senior Trump administration officials gnashing their teeth" in trepidation for the president's former campaign manager to come into the Trump administration in a "crisis management" capacity. He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

Instead, in the first press briefing since President Trump returned from a nine-day trip overseas, Spicer focused on the fact that The Washington Post story, which first reported the request, used anonymous sourcing. Mr Trump has privately pinned some of the blame for his administration's rough start on the White House's communications strategy.

The Congressional investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election continues to grow, as yet another Trump associate, Boris Epshteyn, has acknowledged that he has received a request for information from lawmakers.

The latest revelations to emerge last week involved Mr Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner. Shortly after the election, Kushner allegedly discussed setting up a secret communications channel with the Russian government to facilitate sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria. According to CNN, Kushner was working with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in hopes of sharing military operations in Syria with the Russians.

The Communications Director at the White House is responsible for developing and promoting the president's agenda of the President and leading the media campaign of the White House.

He also lashed out at Germany after an increasingly sour back-and-fourth with Chancellor Angela Merkel, who suggested over the weekend that her meetings with Trump in Europe had proceeded so poorly that she questioned the durability of US-Germany ties.

"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".

JOHN YANG: The New York Times reported investigators are also looking into a meeting Kushner held with the head of a state-owned Russian bank that is under USA sanctions.


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