White House communications director resigns amid tensions

White House communications director Michael Dubke has confirmed he is leaving the White House and says his last day on the job has not been determined. Dubke tendered his resignation on May 18, and then stayed on through the end of President Donald Trump's first major worldwide trip. A final day has not been set, Dubke said.

Dubke previously was a Republican strategist who founded Crossroads Media and had long ties to party establishment figures, including strategist Karl Rove.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Dubke resigned before Trump left for his global trip earlier this month, suggesting that his departure is not linked to any pending shake-ups.

The move could be the first in a series of staff changes in the White House, rumored since the pressure has turned up in the investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the election.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday tried to downplay the idea of a staff shake-up and said Dubke has been professional about his departure.

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"I did not know Mike Dubke before he came on as communications director, did not know him well", Ms Conway said.

Dubke was a last-minute addition to the administration following the resignation of Jason Miller, who served on Trump's campaign.

Trump returned from his overseas trip over the weekend. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added, along with crisis communication experts, to help the White House in the weeks ahead.

She also suggested in the wake of the Trump visit that Europe's relationship with Washington had shifted significantly and reiterated her position that "we in Europe have to take our fate into our own hands".

The news comes amid a series of negative headlines about the president's Russia connections, including reports that his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, considered creating a secret back channel to communicate with the Russian government before Mr Trump was sworn in. "Very bad for U.S. This will change".

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