Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director, resigns

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Despite the lack of confidence expressed by Berlin in the new administration in Washington and the US President's criticism of German trade policy, the White House said on Tuesday that Trump and Merkel get along well, Efe news reported.

German intelligence officials have reportedly told the United States that the country does not need help safeguarding its upcoming election from potential Russian meddling, NBC reported Tuesday.

The communications operation - and Mr Dubke and Mr Spicer specifically - have come under sharp criticism from Mr Trump and many senior officials in the West Wing, who believe the President has been poorly served by his staff.

The most recent target of the president's ire was communications director Mike Dubke, who kept a low profile under Trump and never generated the same sort of head-scratching headlines as press secretary Sean Spicer.

Dubke had been in the process of divesting from Crossroads and Black Rock Group, two communications firms at which he worked before joining the administration, and was nearing the point when he would have had to complete the divestiture, a friend said.

"I think the President is very pleased with his team and he has a robust agenda", Mr Spicer told reporters on Tuesday, in a briefing that again featured an intense back-and-forth between the press secretary and reporters regarding the investigation into Trump campaign advisers and the Russian government.

Mr Trump returned to Washington on Saturday after his nine-day, five-country tour to face more questions about alleged communications between Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and White House adviser, and Russia's ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak. Mr Trump has entertained formally bringing back his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie. He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

Most recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that meetings between Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Russian officials were being looked into, following news from The Washington Post that he had attempted to open a backchannel of communications with Moscow.

The latest revelations to emerge last week involved Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner. On one hand, he helped give journalists access to senior White House and Cabinet-level officials on a regular basis.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen confirmed to NBC that he is now also part of Congress' Russia probe.

He said the other potential problem would be if Kushner did not disclose meetings with Russian officials during the FBI's background check.

The tense exchange happened at the very end of the press conference before Spicer left the podium while a barrage of follow-ups ("Is Kushner fake news?!") followed him.

There's been a lot of speculation that President Trump would shake up his staff amid weeks of negative headlines about the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing Russian Federation investigations.

Deare was "abruptly dismissed" after the White House learned he had been harshly criticizing Trump and Steven Bannon at a private event held by the Woodrow Wilson Center, reported Politico.

Associated Press writers Catherine Lucey and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.

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