Top White House staffer resigns

Gwen Vasquez
June 1, 2017

Old campaign hands, like the pugnacious Corey Lewandowski, are being considered for White House jobs and the president could be hitting the road for more unscripted big-venue rallies with his supporters.

Dubke, who was brought into the White House in March as head of the office that runs press and other public relations issues, wanted to stay on through Trump's first foreign trip to ensure a smooth transition, senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News. The way Spicer sees it, the sources close to him said, is that many reporters are obsessed with palace intrigue and minutiae, and are waging a smear campaign against the president.

According to reports, the combative Mr Lewandowski could rejoin the administration soon to lead a White House "war room" to counter the narrative that Mr Trump is too close to Russian Federation.

Conway also dismissed persistent speculation that Spicer, who has been pilloried on TV comedy shows since Trump took office on January 20, was on his way out.

For two days in a row, since returning from President Trump's trip overseas, the White House press secretary has held uncharacteristically short press briefings in which he claimed not to know the answer to questions, outsourced questions to other officials or dismissed the premise of questions entirely.

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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".

Trump has already been asking Republicans about possible replacements for Priebus, including his current economic adviser Gary Cohn and lobbyist David Urban, according to Axios. Dubke founded Crossroads Media, a GOP firm that specialises in political advertising. "This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American government".

Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's woes on the communications effort. Spicer said, "The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant".

"I think he's very pleased with the work of his staff", Spicer said. "I think it's a good idea".

Dubke, who has worked closely with Spicer, served as a behind-the-scenes player helping manage communications strategy and responses to events such as the Comey firing, as well as rollout plans for policy and other initiatives.

Information for this article was contributed by Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush of The New York Times; by Philip Rucker of The Washington Post; and by Jill Colvin, Catherine Lucey, Vivian Salama, Ken Thomas and Julie Bykowicz of The Associated Press.

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