Trump's communications director resigns


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Donald Trump's communications director is leaving the job after just three months, as the US President considers a wider staff shake-up amid growing political fallout over probes into Russia and his election campaign.
Mike Dubke confirmed earlier reports he had resigned, but gave no reason for leaving. "It has been my great honour to serve President Trump and this administration," he said in a statement.

Mr Trump, who returned to Washington on Saturday after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, has been expected to make staff changes to tackle the distracting firestorm over investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and communication between Russia and Mr Trump's campaign.

He plans to bring in new aides to the White House, adding experienced political professionals including a former campaign manager, according to administration officials and people close to Mr Trump. 
The new aides will form part of a new communications "war room" reportedly being worked on by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and adviser Steve Bannon.

The Republican President has also repeatedly expressed frustration with internal leaks coming from the White House. 
Mr Dubke resigned on good terms on May 18, but he has not set a last day on the job, according to Axios News, which first reported his departure.

The PR chief told Politico he expected to go back to Black Rock Group, his communications and public affairs firm. 
Mr 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 Mr Trump's first foreign trip to ensure a smooth transition, senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News.

Other potential staff changes could be in the works, according to Axios, including fewer on-camera news briefings by Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary. 
Mr Trump will also take more questions directly from the media, Axios reported. "Ultimately the best messenger is the President himself," Mr Spicer told assembled media on Tuesday (local time).
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