Trump's communications director set to quit

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"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", Trump fired back on Tuesday. "Very bad for U.S. This will change", the president wrote in a tweet from his personal account, @realDonaldTrump.

Spicer notes that Merkel's full remarks included a commitment to work in "friendship" with the United States and other countries.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin says the allegations of Russian meddling in the USA presidential election are "fiction" invented by the Democrats in order to explain their loss.

Dubke and Spicer have both faced criticism from Trump and senior officials in the White House since Comey's firing, and Axios reported that Spicer will be doing less on-camera press briefings.

By referring questions to outside lawyers, aides hope the focus can return to Trump's agenda.

Trump has yet to sign a major piece of legislation, and he is now facing a series of major decisions, including withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, increasing troops in Afghanistan and naming a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman also met with the president but removed his name from consideration.

Dubke's resignation is coming as Trump considers a major staff overhaul following brewing allegations of his collusion with Russian Federation over the last election staged in the United States.

We've also learned that White House communications director Mike Dubke has announced he'll leave the White House, which has some speculating it could be a sign of a larger staff shakeup to come.

Earlier Tuesday, it was revealed Mike Dubke, Trump's communications director, resigned on May 19.

Dubke, a veteran Republican strategist who served three months in the role, said on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) that he offered his resignation on May 18 and agreed to stay on until Trump completed his first overseas trip, which ended over the weekend.

President Donald Trump says Russian officials "must be laughing at the U.S". The Post cited "U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports"; NPR has not independently confirmed the paper's account.

The outgoing communications director was a last-minute addition to the administration following the resignation of Jason Miller, who served on Trump's campaign.

On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted about the amount of coverage of the Russian investigation, making reference to "fake news".