The White House Says It Won't Answer Questions About Russia Anymore

Aaron Brown
June 14, 2017

Dubke's hiring was meant to lighten the load on Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, who had also been handling the duties of communications director during Trump's first month in office.

Trump retained Kasowitz, who previously served as his personal lawyer, last week after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to lead the investigation which has built in intensity since Comey's firing.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been showing signs of strain under his job in recent weeks, and joked with reporters over drinks last week in Jerusalem that they had to take shots if they asked him work-related questions.

Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's rough start on the White House's communications strategy.

Another person whose name has been raised as a possible addition to the president's team is David Urban, a prominent Republican lobbyist, who also spent time advising Trump's campaign and has remained a trusted adviser.

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As part of the shake-up, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will reportedly hold on to his position, but there will be fewer media briefings.

He is also purportedly under scrutiny in the FBI's ongoing investigation of potential collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign. "And I think we can expect that", Haley said in response to a question.

The White House says President Donald Trump will welcome the president of Romania to the White House next week.

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A second White House official said he was not aware of any potential nominees dropping out because of the recent news but echoed concerns that the Russian Federation probe would inevitably add to further delays filling empty jobs. The official said Kushner was eager to share what he knows with Congress and other investigators.

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