The White House's Contradictory Message on Kushner

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"It's not as if Trump's appointed spokespeople are doing worse than the man himself", said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Spicer did not elaborate further at an audio-only White House press briefing he ended after about 12 minutes.

Urban is perceived as a Trump loyalist who helped deliver Pennsylvania, a crucial prize to the president, on election night. "Trump is demonstrating that America's most important treaty commitments are unreliable, at least as long as he is president". Other staff changes could come by the end of the week, White House officials said.

The president, aides said, has not ruled out the possibility that his son-in-law and daughter Ivanka Trump, who both hold White House positions, would return to NY this year, although White House officials said there were no plans for them to do so.

"I think the relationship that the president has had with Merkel, he would describe as fairly unbelievable", spokesman Sean Spicer said.

Spicer argued that Dubke's exit does not reflect any dissatisfaction President Donald Trump has with his team and that the president's frustration comes from the "patently false" stories coming out in the press.

The only person a majority of Americans said was more helpful than hurtful as a mouthpiece of the Trump administration is Vice President Mike Pence, with 53 percent saying he helped more than hurt.

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The White House had even less to say.

The White House on Wednesday took its first public steps to cordon off response efforts to the Russian Federation probe from the day-to-day work of the administration, acknowledging openly that President Donald Trump had hired an outside attorney to handle the swirling controversy.

"Mike tendered his resignation just before the president's historic worldwide trip and offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded", White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said.

A wider overhaul is expected, aimed at more aggressively responding to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow. "I think the president is very pleased with his team, and he has a robust agenda as I've just outlined that he looks forward to working with Congress to get done to achieve results for the American people".

Trump tweeted just after midnight Eastern time on Wednesday: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe". Trump poked fun at the typo, tweeting around 6 a.m., "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe"???".

And then, nothing. Trump left his followers hanging for hours, leaving the post online and unexplained as Twitter stewed with a handful of theories and an avalanche of jokes about what exactly the president was getting at.

Reports continue to circle about other impending White House staff changes, and the briefing followed news Tuesday morning that communications director Michael Dubke had resigned.

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