Changes continue to shake the White House as President Donald Trump’s communication director, Mike Dubke, is leaving the administration. Dubke resigned on May 18, and Trump has accepted his desire to exit the White House.
Dubke offered to stay and see through the President’s first foreign trip the past two weeks. Dubke has been trying to help structure the press and communications operations of the White House.
Insiders reveal Dubke has not fully established great rapport, though, with the original members of the Trump administration. He came in as a newcomer, with few patrons. Still, a senior Trump administration official said Dubke is leaving the White House on good terms.
Dubke is still reporting for work, and his last day in office has yet to be set.
Trump is considering bringing in David Urban, a well-known GOP lobbyist who served as a senior adviser during Trump’s successful presidential campaign last year, as chief of staff. Urban, 53, is largely credited with helping Trump accomplish his crucial upset victory in Pennsylvania.
Urban is a West Point graduate who also holds a master’s in government administration from Penn, and a law degree from Temple. His friends say he’ll bring seasoned political judgment and no personal agenda to the Trump administration. Urban joined Trump on his plane during many campaign stops in the Keystone State, and the two men have become such mobile phone buddies.
Trump is also setting up a crisis-communications war room and has met with two top officials from his campaign, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to make up an outside-inside duet.
The fresh moves are Trump administration’s way of toughening up the operations in the White House. One thing stands out from the fresh recruits, it is the fact that they are ‘killers’, which also happens to be a favorite term of Trump to show resolve.
Sean Spicer will stay on as press secretary, but he is expected to do fewer on-cam press briefings. More briefings would also be conducted on-record but off-cam.
Trump will also likely travel more, perhaps on a weekly basis, and might be open to taking questions from the press while on the road. The President will also answer more questions from the media during photo opportunities with foreign leaders.
The most important revelation is that since he is a master communicator himself, Trump will do more of the talking for his administration. One of his officials said: “He says things exactly the way he wants them to be said. “
Trump has posted his sentiments about the media anew on his Twitter account. He said yesterday: “The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story!”
Just a few hours back, the President also tweeted: “Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S.& how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News.”