White House communications director Mike Dubke quits after 3 months

On Tuesday, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, held his first White House briefing since the president returned from a nine-day global trip amid talk that Mr. Spicer's own role may change.

After Merkel seemed to question the durability of the US-EU alliance under Trump, urging Europeans to "take our destiny in our own hands", White House spokesman Sean Spicer tried to scotch talk of any problems. Spicer discussed ongoing possible connections to Jared Kushner and.

Dubke, an experienced Republican strategist, resigned on May 18 but his decision was kept quiet until Trump returned from his foreign trip overseas last week.

Michael Dubke, the White House's communications director, resigned from his post on Tuesday, just three months after being elected by President Donald Trump. "It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments", Dubke said in a statement.

Mr Trump's comments at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, which included demands for increased defence spending, also rattled some allies. "Whether there was an attempt at meddling, again, how would I know?" Many have wondered if that shake up will mean Spicer's ouster as well, as Trump has complained publicly that his spokespeople aren't accurately representing him.

The White House pointed to a BBC reporter's erroneous claim that the president was being rude to the Italian prime minister by not wearing a translation device during the G7 summit as an example of "fake news".

"I think it's fair to say that I've been a loyalist to this president, and if he were to ask me to come in and help him in a limited capacity, I would clearly look at that". He's always proven that.

To cover this White House, the New York Times doubled the number of people covering it to 6 people. But numerous people close to the president and his team are expecting further changes this time. David Bossie, who served as a deputy campaign manager for Trump, will not be named communications director.

"In order for anybody to represent the administration before Congress or to make any policy decisions, the administration needs to have appointees at sub-cabinet levels", Dr. James Pfiffner, an expert on White House organization and a professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government, told Business Insider. But he declined to say whether he's been contacted by Trump or anyone else about a return engagement.

While fielding a question about whether Mr Trump was pleased with his administration's messaging - the part of the job Mr Spicer is responsible for - he retorted by bringing the media into disrepute.

Earlier in the day, the president on Twitter used the term "Witch Hunt" to characterize congressional investigations into his 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation, blaming opposition Democrats for allegedly blocking the testimony of another former aide, Carter Page, looking to clear his name.

Dubke, 47, was tasked to help shape the president's messages. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added in the weeks ahead. That was the extent to which Trump himself has moved to defend his son-in-law, who was responsible for planning Trump's successful visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel last week. In an interview with ABC News' Martha Raddatz, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, has called for a review of Kushner's security clearance following reports that he sought to establish a "backchannel" with Russian officials.