Trump's communications director resigns amid tensions

Randolph Lopez
June 2, 2017

The revelation that Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, is a focus of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his contacts with Russian Federation has prompted questions and concerns.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Republican McCain - one of US President Trump's most outspoken critics in his own party - said Russia's alleged meddling in elections was a danger to democracy, reported AFP. "This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American Government".

In a statement, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanked Dubke for his service.

Jared Kushner appears at Saudi Arabia's Royal Court after President Donald Trump, his father-in-law, received the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal in Riyadh on May 20.

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"I think that assumes a lot", Spicer replied.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, had contacts with Moscow in December about opening a secret back channel of communications, according to news reports published while Trump was away on his trip.

Fresh off President Trump's first official trip overseas, his administration is looking for ways to respond more aggressively to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow. "#FakeNews is the enemy!"

Senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News the White House will continue to bring in Cabinet secretaries and other top officials to handle news briefings on topics in their patch. The source for the story was only broadly described as being "familiar the matter", without further identifying detail attributing this source to the White House, the Intelligence Community or some personal friend.

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly said on ABC News' "This Week". "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing".

Although the White House communications director is a much less recognisable figure than Spicer's position, they are usually major players - defining how the West Wing communicates and shaping the media agenda. But the president retweeted, this morning, an article about that backchannel that was based on an anonymous source that said that there was an effort to set up a backchannel, that it was the Russians who suggested that, and that it was to talk about Syria.

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