Donald Trump knew he faced an uphill battle in Washington since day one, and it appears that staff problems are not helping.
The president has just lost White House communications director Mike Dubke. After only three months in the position, Dubke has officially resigned.
According to BBC News, the political veteran turned in his resignation papers around the middle of May, but agreed to continue working until Trump returned from his first overseas trip as president.
“He has expressed his desire to leave the White House and made very clear that he would see through the president’s international trip,” explained Kellyanne Conway, a key Trump adviser.
Dubke did not disclose the reasons for his exit and kept the explanation vague.
“The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration,” he wrote in an email to friends, according to Politico.
However, political observers suggested that Dubke was not a good fit for the new administration. Trump’s anti-establishment persona most likely clashed with Dubke, who was a Washington insider with close ties to “old guard” Republicans.
“Mainstream media reporters also respected Dubke’s background as a behind-the-scenes operative who worked in Karl Rove’s orbit,” explained Breitbart News. “But Trump loyalists never trusted Dubke, seeing him as an establishment figure who didn’t understand the president’s strengths.”
Many pundits also suspect that Dubke’s resignation could be part of a larger shakeup at the White House. Trump is reportedly frustrated with the communication strategy used by his staff, and in his signature style, may begin dealing more directly with voters and the media.
“This lends credence to earlier reports that the president views his administration’s ongoing difficulties as a messaging problem, and not one of policies or management. If that’s the case, it appears the new message will be delivered with bare knuckles,” suggested BBC North America reporter Anthony Zurcher.
The simple fact is that Trump’s blunt method of communication is at odds with a more traditional White House approach. While Dubke was respected by both sides of the political aisle, he may have been too “nice” for the president’s take-no-prisoners strategy.
The shakeups at the White House are troubling, but Trump has recovered from far worse before.
It will be very interesting to see how the president handles these challenges, but recent history has shown that it’s usually a bad move to assume that Trump won’t win.
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