WH aide Michael Dubke says his last day is TBD

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, could also be asked to testify.

His appointment came with some criticism, as CNN reported at the time that some inside the White House said they would have preferred a veteran from the campaign.

When pressed on whether the president would approve of such a back channel with Russia, Spicer said, "You're asking if he approves of an action that is not a confirmed action".

Trump did not immediately address Dubke's resignation.

"It has been a privilege to serve this president", Dubke said in a phone interview.

Spicer's deference to the President continued as he took questions from reporters.

For Trump's critics, that was evidence of unbridled hubris - a sign the president and his aides had no idea how hard it is to run the White House, America and the world.

Unlike many top officials in the White House, Mr Dubke was not part of the Trump 2016 campaign.

Embassies scrambling to build contacts with Trump's new administration were quick to realise Kushner's pivotal role as a trusted ambassador and facilitator - but also a presidential family member who would survive the inevitable White House knife fights.

"Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the president and the president's policies moving forward", he said.

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Dubke's last day on the job has not been determined.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, informal advisor Roger Stone, and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page have also been asked by lawmakers to voluntarily hand over relevant records.

A damage-control plan assembled by the president's aides would try to wall off the investigations by setting up a war room inside the White House and enlisting a high-powered team of lawyers outside the West Wing.

Reports continue to circle about other impending White House staff changes, and the briefing followed news Tuesday morning that communications director Michael Dubke had resigned.

Dubke, 47, who had been tasked with helping to shape the president's message, only served at his administration post for about three months.

He praises Fox News propaganda that supports his agenda (including when it relies on unnamed sources) and has even given White House press passes to extremist right-wing organizations, such as InfoWars, that traffic in conspiracy theories about Democrats.

"Ultimately, the best messenger is the President himself", Spicer said at the briefing. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss private thinking and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

At the weekend, White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn - who was the second-in-command at Goldman Sachs before joining the White House - declared the President's economic development deal with Saudi Arabia to be unlike anything he had seen in his 30 years in business. "Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with President Trump, please tell me if each person does more to help or more to hurt the president when they speak on behalf ofthe administration".

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military.

Tommy Vietor, who was a spokesman for President Barack Obama, said former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs once gave him this advice: "The first rule of spin is that it has to be believable".

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