But when the White House finalized the lucky list of staff and family members who would accompany Trump into his private audience with the pontiff at the Vatican last week, Spicer’s name was nowhere to be found. When asked at a Friday briefing if Trump believes in climate change, his spokesman Sean Spicer said he had not spoken to the president about it.
Dubke offered his resignation earlier this month, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told The Associated Press on Tuesday, but offered to stay on during the president’s first foreign trip.
One possible explanation is that top Trump transition members were seeking Russian help with Syria, which is potentially reasonable given the country’s alliance with President Bashar Assad and the bad price being paid by innocent civilians in the 6-year-old civil war. He ended it nearly speechless, incapable or unwilling to answer even the most basic questions about President Trump and the administration’s policies.
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.
“The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration”. When he did “answer” questions it was with rote talking points that sought to paint an entirely alternate political reality from the one that most Americans are living in. “On the Afghanistan review, he (Trump) is still reviewing that from the Department of Defense”, he said.
“They have talked to many people, including me”, Bossie said.
“I don’t know how any comms person could not be frustrated in that position right now given the daily drama”, a source close to him said. While the White House has not denied the allegations, it has criticized the anonymous sourcing of the repot.
A source told CNN in March that it was a “relationship meeting” as part of efforts by the transition team – and Kushner in particular – to establish a back channel to Putin, as they had done with other leaders during the transition. The newspaper cited anonymous US officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications. The official said Kushner was eager to share what he knows with Congress and other investigators.
The newspapers also reported that Kushner sought to use Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S.to connect to Russian government officials.
All the officials demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal the conversations.