Mike Dubke, the communications director hired by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, has resigned from his post. This news comes as rumors have continued growing around a potential shakedown of Trump’s staff after leaks and scandals have not ceased in their frequency. According to reports, Dubke announced his resignation in a private meeting with Trump two weeks ago, but stayed through Trump’s first overseas trip to make sure that the transition to his replacement would be smoother. Dubke is expected to return to his communications firm, Black Rock Group. Meanwhile the White House has not announced who will succeed Dubke as communications director. Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, former campaign aides, as well as Kellyanne Conway, the public face of the Trump campaign strategists, are candidates that have been floated at this early stage.
“The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration… The White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American Government,” Dubke wrote in an e-mail to his closest acquaintances on Tuesday morning. Conway, currently an adviser to the President, also told news programs that Dubke’s departure was of his own accord and carried out cordially. That being said, Dubke did tell Politico that he was surprised the news of his resignation took 12 days to report, given the leak-heavy atmosphere in the White House as of late. Other reports say that Trump was getting increasingly annoyed with the lack of good press and pinned part of the blame on Dubke’s administration of the communications department.
Under Dubke’s final days, Trump was rather restrained over social media. However, after he returned and Dubke stepped down, Trump began returning to his old ways on Twitter, blasting Germany over trade deals and Democrats for influencing “fake news”.