White House Communications Director Michael Dubke Out

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WASHINGTON (CBS News) — White House Communications Director Mike Dubke is out, CBS News has confirmed.

The move comes as the role of President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is also under FBI scrutiny for his alleged establishment of a back-channel of communications with the Kremlin during the transition.

The most recent staff shakeup was anticipated before Mr. Trump left for his overseas trip as the administration fell under a series of missteps including reports that Mr. Trump had divulged classified information to Russian officials at a White House meeting.

CBS News’ Major Garrett previously reported that a change in the White House communications team was coming due to Mr. Trump’s frustrations with the direction of his agenda.

“Things can’t keep going the way they are,” a senior Trump administration official told Garrett.

Dubke was originally brought in to be communications director when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked to focus on the briefing job and drop the time-consuming obligations of the job. The communications director oversees the White House messaging and promotes its agenda.

Dubke has no attachment to Mr. Trump and has always been something of an outsider. He’s not a Trump loyalist and did not work for the campaign. The White House has also not provided a name of who will be replacing Dubke’s role.

Dubke was only on the job for a little over three months.

 

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