White House communications director Mike Dubke quits
Jun 01, 2017, 01:13
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's communications director quit, his press secretary huffed and his spat with the German Chancellor boiled.
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But Dubke, during his short stint in the White House was so behind-the-scenes as to seem totally nonexistent.
"What they really need is someone who's a sort of point person for the scandal, somebody who's going to be the communications expert on this issue", says Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston, a political scientist who studies scandals wrote The Institutional Effects of Executive Scandals.
Dubke did not work on the Trump campaign, and did not know Trump before his hire.
The latest revelations to emerge last week involved Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner.
"The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration", Dubke noted in an email announcing his career change this morning. The president has joked repeatedly with Priebus, whose mother is of Greek descent, that he would send him to Athens as ambassador to Greece.
"It is never as bad as folks think it is on the outside", one official said.
In direct contrast to both Spicer's and Trump's attacks on the mainstream news media for using anonymous sourcing, in this case - when the article in question supports a version of reality of which he and his approve - Spicer appears to think such methods are legitimate. "From the president's perspective, you want people you can trust, and you would sacrifice any number of things in order to accomplish that". The position had gone unfilled after campaign aide Jason Miller - Trump's original choice for communications director - backed out of the job in December before the president's inauguration. Dan Sullivan when he ousted as an incumbent in Alaska in 2014.
"Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the President and the President's policies moving forward", Priebus said.
Dubke's resignation could be the forerunner of a larger staff shake-up in the administration.
In a resignation note to friends and colleagues, Dubke said it was his "distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments". "It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Trump wrote in a series of Twitterposts on Sunday. "This is as friendly a departure as one could have", he said.
The spokesman also said that Trump was frustrated by the "perpetuation of false narratives" based on unnamed sources. After forgoing an on-camera question-and-answer session for the past fifteen days, Spicer returned to the podium Tuesday facing questions about Kushner, Germany and the state of Trump's staff.
"Ultimately, the best messenger is the President himself", Spicer said at the briefing.
Dubke, 47, who had been tasked with helping to shape the president's message, only served at his administration post for about three months.
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