Donald Trump urges world leaders to call him on his personal cellphone

Friday, 02 Jun, 2017

Aside from Spicer, who lobbied for Dubke's hiring, the communications director "never really had a senior patron or anyone who really cared about him on the staff". His polling numbers are at record lows for this stage of a presidential tenure.

Spicer was asked on Tuesday whether Trump knew about reported efforts by Kushner in December to set up a back channel for communications with Russian Federation.

To most observers, President Trump's first overseas trip was either a moderate success that was at times overshadowed by viral GIFs or a disaster that damaged the United States' relationships with longtime European allies.

His exit comes as the White House weighs broader staff changes to stanch the damage from deepening crises surrounding Trump associates' alleged ties to Russian Federation. "Historic turning point..." "The president's historic speech..."

"I'm going to read you a list of White House officials who sometime speak for the Trump administration", the poll question asked.

Following the campaign, he served as senior adviser to the Trump-Pence transition team and director of communications for the Presidential Inaugural Committee before joining the White House press office.

Then it came - the big reveal. Spicer, per usual, began to attack the "fake news" for not covering all the good things Trump had done and was doing.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer pushed back Tuesday on the idea that a broader reorganization was imminent, but he acknowledged the president is frustrated with news stories "that are absolutely false, that are not based in fact".

However, now White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is denying that the tweet was actually a typo, and is arguing that the social media post was very much made on objective and delivered a message to a certain group of people.

But in his discussion about "fake news", Spicer managed to get into a heated conversation with a journalist before cutting the press conference short, illustrating why the president is reportedly mulling limiting media briefings or, as he suggested to Jeanine Pirro in a Fox News interview, holding them himself.

It was a remarkable performance that went over like a lead balloon on television as well as - and I am taking an educated guess here - in the room.

Trump's aides often exaggerate on his behalf - such as when Spicer insisted in January that the president's inauguration crowd was the largest ever - but Tuesday's monologue seemed to venture into new territory for even the Trump administration.

Dubke was originally brought in to be communications director when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked to focus on the briefing job and drop the time-consuming obligations of the job.