Spicer avoids specifics in first White House press briefing since overseas trip

Mr Dubke is the latest White House staffer to leave this administration as scrutiny intensifies over contacts Trump staffers may have had with Russian government officials during the campaign and transition period. He shares his insight on the unnamed sources who say Jared Kushner's possible back-channeling was Russia's idea.

Jason Miller, the Trump campaign's senior communications adviser, was slated to serve as communications director in the White House, but he stepped aside a few weeks before Inauguration Day, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

"I think that he is frustrated, like I am and like so many others, to see stories come out that are patently false, to see narratives that are wrong, to see fake news", Spicer told reporters.

Mr. Dubke's resignation comes at a very turbulent time for the administration, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation is in the middle of investigating Trump's alleged links to the Russians.

To drive home the size of these expectations, Trump turned his attention directly to Kushner - the grandson of Holocaust survivors, who still observes the Sabbath - to say: "If you can't produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can, okay?"

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In direct contrast to both Spicer's and Trump's attacks on the mainstream news media for using anonymous sourcing, in this case - when the article in question supports a version of reality of which he and his approve - Spicer appears to think such methods are legitimate.

In fact, Clinton's staff shake-up was much more extensive than what Trump has done so far, going all the way to the top of his administration, according to Patrick Maney, a Professor of History at Boston College and author of Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President.

On Twitter, President Trump said "Russian officials must be laughing at the USA - and how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election - has taken over the fake news". Epshteyn said. "Again, if you have a problem with how the president is handling his foreign policy, you can speak at the ballot box in three and a half years".

Lewandowski tells "Fox & Friends" that he wants to help promote Trump's agenda whether he's inside the White House or not. His last day has not yet been determined.

Whether Lewandowski ends up involved in the White House communications team or not, this administration has a big task ahead.

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Dubke's exit comes as Trump weighs larger staff changes as he tries to contain the deepening scandals related to ties between Russian Federation and his campaign.

Ultimately, the best messenger is the president himself. However, POLITICO alleges that the U.S. President has in recent days been considering bringing back those who worked for him during his 2016 election campaign.

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

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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