The resignation of the White House’s communications director may be the first in a series of changes to the West Wing as the Trump administration attempts to fight growing legal and political threats while also trying to push forward the President’s legislative agenda.
Mike Dubke is the first prominent member of Donald Trump’s communications staff to resign amid fallout from scandals that continue to rock the White House.
Meanwhile, the press secretary Sean Spicer will reportedly hold on to his position, but there are expected to be fewer on-camera briefings.
“I think the President is very pleased with his team and he has a robust agenda,“ Mr Spicer told reporters on Tuesday, in a briefing that again featured an intense back-and-forth between the press secretary and reporters regarding the investigation into Trump campaign advisers and the Russian government.
“Ultimately the best messenger is the President himself,” Mr Spicer said. “He’s always proven that he is the best messenger not just for what he wants to articulate but that the American people resoundingly chose him as their President – because he understands the frustrations and concerns and values of the American people and he is probably the best person to communicate that.”
In a statement, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Mr Dubke tendered his resignation just before Mr Trump departed for his first official trip abroad. Mr Dubke “offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded,” Mr Priebus said.
Unlike many top officials in the White House, Mr Dubke was not part of the Trump 2016 campaign. He joined the administration about a month after the President’s inauguration in January and has reportedly struggled to mesh well with Mr Trump.
In the past month, the President’s communications team has been working on the frontlines of the administration to deal with the fallout from Mr Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, alleged “leaks” , the President’s