A top White House official in the Trump administration’s communications team — that you’ve like never heard of — abruptly quit today. We reported over the weekend that President Trump had three people in mind to fire because of leaks. Is this related? Doesn’t seem like it.
On Fox News, Kellyanne Conway confirms communications director Mike Dubke out: "He has expressed his desire to leave the White House."
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 30, 2017
White House communications director Michael Dubke resigned citing “personal” reasons.
He added in a note to colleagues that despite stepping down, “it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and his admin. It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side by side, day by day, with the staff of the communications and press depts. This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American government.”
A screenshot of the full note is posted below:
This resignation came after only three months on the job.
According to Business Insider, this could be just the beginning of even more shakeups, as Dubke’s resignation comes amid a broader reported White House shake-up of its communications strategy. That includes introducing more rallies across the US so Trump can speak directly with voters.
“The conventional ways of communicating are not working for them,” one adviser told The Washington Post. “They have to get the campaign brand back” and be able to communicate with an audience instead of having the report on it, the adviser added.
Trump may also take more questions from reporters when he’s traveling and during photo ops with foreign leaders.
“He says things exactly the way he wants them to be said,” one official told the news website Axios.
Aides have floated possible changes to the daily press briefing and a downsized role for press secretary Sean Spicer. Some have discussed the option of having Spicer take on a more discreet, behind-the-scenes role following a series of press briefings that were widely criticized.
If Spicer is demoted, he would most likely be replaced by deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who took over Spicer’s role for several press briefings as revelations continued to emerge in the investigations into Trump associates’ ties with Russia. On Monday afternoon, Spicer is scheduled to hold his first on-camera press briefing in over two weeks.
The White House is also reportedly considering building a “war room” tasked with managing continuing developments in the Russia controversy. The primary goal of the operation would be to more aggressively fire back at fallout after Trump’s abrupt firing of the FBI director, James Comey, on May 9.
The proposed war room, Axios reported, would be filled with “experienced veterans from the campaign trail who recognize the gravity of the situation.”
There’s no word yet on who will be replacing Dubke.