White House communications director resigns

Michael Dubke reportedly agreed to stay until the end of Mr Trump's foreign trip

White House communications director resigns

US President Donald Trump listens during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the White House in Washington DC | Image: Sipa USA/SIPA USA/PA Images

Assistant to US President Donald Trump and White House communications director Michael Dubke has resigned.

Mr Dubke was appointed by President Trump back on March 6th to revamp the White House media strategy.

It is believed Mr Dubke had agreed to stay on until Mr Trump returned from his overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told The Associated Press Mr Dubke handed in his resignation earlier this month.

It has been reported Mr Trump is considering a shakeup of his White House staff, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer rumoured to be among the movers.

While the president has been tweeting Tuesday, saying Russian officials "must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News".

He has also criticised Germany, claiming: "they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO".

He also suggested "This will change".

It comes just a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed to signal a widening in US-European relations.

She told an audience in Munich: "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.

"And that is why I can only say: We Europeans must really take our destiny in our own hands - of course in friendship with the United States, in friendship with Great Britain with good neighbourly relations wherever possible, also with Russia and other countries - but we have to know that we have to fight for our future and our fate ourselves as Europeans".

Mrs Merkel has just returned from a G7 Ssummit which wound up on Saturday without a deal between the US and the other six major advanced nations on upholding the Paris climate change agreement.

She said on Saturday that the result of the "six against one" discussion was "very difficult, not to say very unsatisfactory".