Trump's communications director resigns

The Trump White House underwent another shakeup this week with the resignation of Mike Dubke, communications director.
By Ian Marsh | May 31, 2017
The Trump White House underwent another shakeup this week with the resignation of Mike Dubke, communications director. Dubke tendered his resignation on May 18, marking the end of only three months in the position.

"The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration," Dubke, 47, wrote in an email to friends, according to Politico.

Dubke plans to return to Black Rock Group, his communications and public-affairs company. News commentators have suggested that Dubke's decision to resign may be due in part to inner White House dynamics; he was kept largely isolated from Trump's inner circle.

He was also in the midst of some turmoil within White House communications. Sean Spicer, the official White House press secretary, is now under a reduced public role. Kellyanne Conway has also been reined in following numerous highly contentious media interviews following the election and during the first few weeks of the Trump administration.

Spicer was both press secretary and communications director until March, when Dubke came on board and assumed the communications-director role. Spicer is expected to resume his earlier expanded role until the administration finds a replacement.

Dubke's prior career history is deeply enmeshed in Republican party politics. He founded Crossroads Media, a Republican media and advertising firm; and has worked with Karl Rove. This background set him apart from much of Trump's inner circle, who were not as personally connected to the Republican establishment. This difference of background may have made for a source of tension between him and his colleagues.

"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," wrote Axios.

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