White House communications director Mike Dubke steps down

WASHINGTON -- White House communications director Mike Dubke is leaving the White House.

He said Tuesday he submitted his resignation on May 18 but offered to stay until the end of President Donald Trump's foreign trip. A final day has not been set, Dubke said.

"It has been a privilege to serve this president," Dubke said in a phone interview.

Dubke said he had "a good conversation with the president" after submitting his resignation. He declined to discuss the turmoil inside the West Wing, only saying he was resigning "for a number of reasons -- for personal reasons."

Dubke's departure comes as speculation has swirled about a possible Trump staff shake-up.

Asked about White House press secretary Sean Spicer's job security, a White House official said staffers have been told the spokesman "isn't going anywhere."

Dubke, who founded Crossroads Media, a political admaker based in Alexandria, Va., joined the administration in February after he was brought in by Spicer, who served as press secretary and communications director in the opening days of the Trump administration.

Dubke was a last-minute addition to the administration after the resignation of Jason Miller, who served on Trump's campaign.

His appointment came with some criticism, as at the time some inside the White House said they would have preferred a veteran from the campaign.