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>> In what many expect will be a wider shake up, the first head has rolled at the White House. Communications Director, Michael Dubke resigning after less than three months on the job. This coming amid a deepening sense of crisis over the Russia investigations, hanging over President Donald Trump's administration.
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Recent reports of Trump's apparent unhappiness with White House staff, have focused on the communications team and its handling of several crises. Most notably, Trump's firing of former FBI Director, James Comey. But White House correspondent, Jeff Mason, says not to expect too much turnover in the days to come.
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>> The sources who I've spoken to, have emphasized that more people are coming in rather than people going out. So I suspect that there will be some additions, for sure. Particularly, in respect to this, quote unquote, war room, that will take on the Russia probe, and sort of separate from the other stories of the day.
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>> Trump also incensed over leaks about his aids' contacts with Russia, before and after the 2016 campaign. Son-in-law Jared Kushner, on Friday reported to have pursued a backchannel to the Kremlin during Trump's transition. White House Spokesman Sean Spicer, whose future has also been in question after a long series of stumbles, acknowledging President Trump's frustration.
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>> 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, quote unquote, fake news.>> But as reports of his aids, Kremlin contacts pile up from multiple news outlets including Reuters.
00:01:29
They're becoming more difficult than ever to dismiss.>> Well, they're basically trying to get their message out better, and trying not to be led by stories that they feel aren't favorable to them. And a lot of those are related to Russia, but that's not the only piece of it, there are others as well.
00:01:43
An they're trying to sharpen their messaging strategy. And part of that may be giving Donald Trump, the President, more opportunities to speak and take questions from the press. Ultimately, the best messenger is the President himself. He's always.