Top Trump aide exits as wider White House overhaul expected

A final day has not been set, Dubke said. "The reality is, a review of [Trump]'s income from the last ten years showed he had virtually no financial ties [with Russia] at all".

Dubke's resignation could be the forerunner of a larger staff shake up in the administration.

But it remains unclear whether the president might envision them working inside the White House or in outside roles.

As a staunch Trump supporter, Dubke joined the administration in February, brought in take some of the pressure off of frequently embattled press secretary Sean Spicer.

Such a move would've likely meant a significant financial sacrifice to keep his West Wing job at a time when rumors were swirling that he was about to be fired anyway.

"I'm not going to get into what the president did or did not discuss", he said. "I think he is frustrated, like I am, and like so many others, to see stories come out that are patently false".

Dubke's exit comes as Trump considers and larger shakeup of his communications staff and other key personnel as he tries to contain the growing scandals related to ties between Russian Federation and his campaign.

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

Spicer also told reporters that the White House views Germany and other European countries as important allies.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanked Dubke in a statement and said he had "offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded".

Spicer also said the president is meeting Tuesday afternoon with two more candidates to replace James Comey for Federal Bureau of Investigation director: John Pistole, a former TSA administrator who previously served as Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director, and Chris Wray, a former Justice Department official who served during the George W. Bush administration.

Duckworth also asked Rogers whether NSA was asked by the White House prior to the meeting about the wisdom of allowing Lavrov and Kislyak into the Oval Office.

Putin added that the "people who lost the vote hate to acknowledge that they indeed lost because the person who won was closer to the people and had a better understanding of what people wanted".

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