White House Communications Director Mike Dubke Resigns

President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Mike Dubke has resigned as the White House communications director, just a few months after he started in the role.

Axios was first to report Dubke’s resignation, which he submitted on May 18, and several news outlets subsequently confirmed Dubke’s departure.

Dubke confirmed to CNN Tuesday morning that he had submitted his resignation and said that he “a good conversation with the President” after informing him he would be stepping down. Dubke did not offer a specific reason for leaving the White House, telling CNN that he was resigning “for a number of reasons — for personal reasons.”

“It has been a privilege to serve this president,” Dubke told CNN.

It’s not yet clear when Dubke will leave the White House, but he could depart as soon as Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.

Dubke joined the Trump administration in February from Crossroads Media, a Republican political consulting firm that had been critical of Trump. He was one of just a few top advisers who had not worked on the campaign and he “struggled to build alliances with some colleagues on the senior staff,” according to the Washington Post.

His resignation may be the first move in a Trump administration staffing shakeup, according to Axios and the Washington Post.

In a statement issued Tuesday morning, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus confirmed Dubke’s resignation and thanked him for his service. Priebus did not say wheun Dubke’s last day at the White House will be.

“I want to thank Mike Dubke for his service to President Trump and this administration.  We appreciate Mike and are very grateful for his service to President Trump and our country,” Priebus said in the statement. “Mike tendered his resignation just before the President’s historic international trip and offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded.  Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the President and the President’s policies moving forward.”

This post has been updated.

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