Politics

Shakeup: White House Communications Director Resigns

The White House has been plagued for months with routine leaks about everything from Russia to how members of the president’s staff are in disarray.

And rumors have been for swirling for weeks about an impending shakeup in the West Wing.

Today looks like the beginning of that prophecy’s fulfillment. This morning it was announced that Mike Dubke, White House Communications Director, has resigned, a move that appears to have already been in the works while Trump was overseas.

And the word is he won’t be the last one to go as Trump looks to bring in old campaign staff to tighten the reins.

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Here’s more from Axios…

Mike Dubke, President Trump’s communications director, is leaving the White House — the start of a wave of changes as the West Wing struggles to cope with burgeoning scandals and a stalled agenda.

  • Dubke served for just three months before tendering his resignation May 18. He offered to stay through the overseas trip, and Trump accepted. He has been trying to help restructure the press and communications operation, and is parting on good terms, a senior administration official said.
  • Insiders say Dubke came in with few patrons, and never gelled with the originals. His departure is a reminder of how hard it is for newcomers to thrive in Trumpland.
  • Dubke is still coming in to work, and his last day hasn’t been set. His job is likely to remain open for a bit.

Bring in the killers … Trump is considering much broader changes, including the possibility of bringing in David Urban, a prominent GOP lobbyist who was a senior adviser on the campaign, as chief of staff.

  • Friends say Urban, 53, who’s credited with helping Trump win his crucial upset in Pennsylvania, brings seasoned political judgment and no personal agenda. He’s a West Point graduate, has a master’s in government administration from Penn, and a law degree from Temple. Urban was on Trump’s plane and in his green rooms during frequent campaign stops in the Keystone State, and the two became cellphone buddies.
  • Trump met yesterday with two top officials from his campaign, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, about joining the crisis-communications war room he’s setting up, perhaps as part of an outside-inside duet.

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