Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, abruptly resigned on Friday after telling President Donald Trump he vehemently disagreed with his appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.
Trump had, after offering Scaramucci the job in the early hours of yesterday, told Spicer to stay on as press secretary, reporting to Scaramucci – an offer Spicer rejected, expressing his belief that Mr. Scaramucci’s hiring would add to the confusion and uncertainty already engulfing the White House, according to two people with direct knowledge of the exchange.
A few hours later, Scaramucci announced that principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over as press secretary.
“I am grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities — just look at his great television ratings,” Trump said in a statement Sanders delivered from the White House podium.
Trump also called Scaramucci “an important addition to this administration” in the statement read by Sanders.
The resignation marked the end of one of the most tumultuous tenures for a White House press secretary, one that saw Spicer repeatedly undermined in his role as the White House’s public-facing spokesman by the President’s own public statements and tweets.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) July 21, 2017
“It’s been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS @realDonaldTrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August,” Spicer tweeted.
Spicer had taken over responsibilities as White House communications director after Mike Dubke resigned from the position in May.
Rumours then swirled for months that Spicer would resign or be ousted.