Trump's communications chief Mike Dubke resigns


White House communications director Mike Dubke is leaving the administration, he said, amid swirling speculation about a possible Trump staff shakeup.

The article describes a December 1 or 2 meeting in which Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser, discussed setting up a direct communication system between Trump and Moscow the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The meeting was also attended by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, but both Kushner and Flynn were still just private citizens at the time.

"Russian officials must be laughing at the USA & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News", he tweeted.

Dubke told CNN Tuesday he submitted his resignation on May 18 but offered to stay until the end of President Trump's foreign trip.

Dubke is still coming in to work and his last day has not yet been set. And both Lewandowski and Bossie visited the White House on Monday night, according to a person familiar with the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private get-together.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said that if reports are true that White House senior advisor Jared Kushner has been setting up back channels to the Kremlin, that's a good thing - not subject to criticism.

While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement.

Hope Hicks, director of strategic communications in the White House, provided a statement to CBS News.

Trump fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in late April, a decision for which the White House and the president have offered a variety of conflicting justifications. He's not a Trump loyalist and did not work for the campaign.

Asked about Spicer's job security, a White House official said staffers have been told he "isn't going anywhere".

As long as Trump maintains control of his Twitter account, he will remain his own communications director.

"What your question assumes is a lot of facts that are not substantiated by anything but anonymous sources that are so far being leaked out", he told a news briefing. "I have total confidence in him".

Washington insiders say Trump is now planning a larger strategic shake-up of his administration to tackle the Russian Federation scandal allegations, including the launch of a "war room" to answer hard questions about multiple investigations.

"There's a judgment by Jared Kushner and the President's team that says, 'I trust the Russians more than I trust the Americans". This was first reported by the Washington Post last week.

On the bombing investigation Trump said: "British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the United Kingdom gave to USA about Manchester was leaked".

Trump also has to decide soon on a Pentagon recommendation to add more US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, as well as boosting reinforcement for the beleaguered Afghan military.