Rumors of major restructuring of White House staff have been circulating in recent days, and on Tuesday the first shoe may have dropped in the form of Mike Dubke, President Trump’s communications director. Axios reports that Dubke offered Trump his resignation on May 18, though he offered to stay on at least until the president’s overseas trip had wrapped up. A senior administration official notes Dubke is leaving on friendly footing, and he’s still reporting for work—in fact, Politico nabbed him for an interview as he was driving into the White House on Tuesday. It’s not clear yet when his last day will be, though he plans to return to the Black Rock Group communications firm once he exits the White House. “The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration,” Dubke said in a Tuesday morning email.
Dubke told Politico he was shocked it took nearly two weeks for news of his resignation to get out. Axios notes Dubke’s sayonara is just the “start of a wave of changes.” Sean Spicer is expected to take on a downplayed role, though it’s unclear where the fates of Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner lie. Axios reports Trump is rumored to be considering bringing on “killers,” including GOP lobbyist David Urban and former campaign aides David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, the latter being one who “experience suggests … will not only indulge Trump’s most combative instincts, but goad them.” In other anticipated changes, an official says Trump plans on serving more often as the White House’s spokesperson. “He says things exactly the way he wants them to be said,” the official notes.