White House Communications Director Mike Dubke has resigned. Dubke’s resignation, was first reported by Axios and confirmed by other outlets.
His removal comes as the role of President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is also under FBI scrutiny for his alleged establishment of a back-channel of communications with the Kremlin during the transition.
Dubke, who was tasked with helping shape the president’s message, served in the post for only about three months.
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said in a statement: “I want to thank Mike Dubke for his service to President Trump and this administration. We appreciate Mike and are very grateful for his service to President Trump and our country. Mike tendered his resignation just before the president's historic international trip and offered to remain on board until a transition is concluded. Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the president and the president's policies moving forward.”
According to Priebus, Dubke "will remain on board until a transition is concluded."
The resignation came as Mr. Trump and his team pushed back against reports that Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, explored the possibility of setting up a secret communications channel to Moscow during the transition between the election and inauguration.
A Republican consultant, Dubke joined the White House team in February after campaign aide Jason Miller — Trump's original choice for communications director — withdrew from consideration.