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Crossroads Media founder Mike Dubke expected to be named White House communications director

The White House is expected to name Crossroads Media founder Mike Dubke as communications director, CNN reports. The appointment will lift a load off White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who has been covering the job's responsibilities parallel to his own.

Crossroads Media, founded in 2001, serves as the media arm of the conservative American Crossroads super PAC. The decision to appoint Dubke has surprised some of President Trump's close allies, with one anonymously marveling to CNN that "Dubke and his Crossroads friends did everything they could to kill the Trump movement and failed."

While the announcement is not yet official, people with knowledge of the appointment say it is expected to be formalized as soon as Friday.