The Latest: Trump to Name Mike Dubke as Comms Director 

By Published on February 17, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

8:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump is expected to name Republican consultant Mike Dubke as White House communications director. That’s according to a person with knowledge of his hiring.

Dubke is the founder of Crossroads Media, a GOP firm that specializes in political advertising.

Dubke’s hiring will lighten the load on White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who has also been handling the duties of communications director during Trump’s first month in office. Trump initially hired campaign aide Jason Miller for the communications job, but Miller withdrew before the inauguration.

The person with knowledge of the hiring was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and insisted on anonymity.

-By Julie Pace

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7:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, is praising Trump’s handling of his news conference.

Priebus tells Fox News that Trump is a great “salesman” and that “there’s no person better to speak for President Trump than President Trump.” He says Thursday’s news conference “was an effective way to sum up what his message was yesterday and he did a fantastic job.”

Preibus also blasted recent media reports as “totally fake” or “grossly overstated.”

Priebus says there’s a chance reporters are making up the news entirely or that there are some “bad actors” or “holdovers” in the intelligence community spreading false claims.

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