White House to name Mike Dubke as communications director
Dubke has been involved in local, state and federal politics since 1988, according to his bio on Crossroads Media's website. Dubke also leads the Virginia-based Black Rock Group, a strategic communications and public affairs firm.
Reports suggest Moscow's enthusiasm for better relations with the USA has dampened in recent weeks.
Kennedy released a statement saying that he does not trust Russian Federation and believes Vladimir Putin will take advantage of Americans is given the chance.
BBC Russia correspondent Steve Rosenberg tweeted a headline in the Russian papers on Friday that read, "You have to be drunk to understand the U.S. President's true position", highlighting the shift in the Russian media's coverage of Trump.
The daily Komsomolskaya Pravda noted the difference between Trump's criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during the campaign and his expressions of support for the alliance once in office and suggested a stiff drink might make it clearer.
"There is no agreement on a meeting nor a clear understanding yet", the Interfax news agency quoted Ushakov as saying. "Some of the most popular TV segments on Trump touched on ideas the Kremlin would rather not promote, such as his pledge to 'drain the swamp, '" they report.