White House communications director Mike Dubke has resigned from his post after only three months on the job, fueling speculation among Trump supporters that the longtime Republican operative and establishment favorite was one of the suspected leakers who had been working to undermine the Trump administration from within.
Dubke reportedly tendered his resignation just before President Donald Trump left on his first international trip as commander in chief earlier this month.
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed that Dubke “made very clear that he would see through the president’s international trip, and come to work every day and work hard even through that trip because there was much to do here back at the White House.”
And in his own statement issued on Tuesday morning, Dubke said: “It has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration. It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments.”
While Dubke earned respect from some Republicans thanks to his closeness to both White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, as well as for his work with former Bush Senior Advisor Karl Rove, his rise to communications director was met with suspicion on the part of some Trump loyalists.
They questioned Dubke’s efficacy in the post considering Trump’s penchant for taking public relations into his own hands via his Twitter account and wondered whether Dubke was one of the suspected “establishment leakers” who have embroiled the Trump administration in a set of manufactured media scandals that always seems to cite anonymous sources.