White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned over President Donald Trump’s pick for communications director, just six months into the Trump presidency.
Spicer resigned on late Friday morning when Trump offered the communications director job to New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. Spicer, along with several other officials, vehemently disagreed with Trump’s decision.
A person with knowledge of the situation told the New York Times that Spicer called Scaramucci’s appointment a major mistake and said he would resign. Trump asked Spicer to stay on as press secretary but Spicer declined.
There was no immediate word from the White House and we’re working to gather more information.
Friday’s resignation followed months of rumors during which news organizations reported that Trump was unhappy with Spicer’s performance and was apparently considering to replace him. But the changes never came, and his resignation on Friday was unexpected.
Nearly all of Spicer’s daily press briefings were aired live on national television, making him one of the most well-known officials in the White House. It also earned him constant ridicule, most notably on “Saturday Night Live,” where actress Melissa McCarthy portrayed Spicer.
But although Trump never replaced his press secretary, Spicer’s appearances became less frequent when Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders began holding the daily briefings on a regular basis. The briefings are now less public, with cameras often being banned.
It was not immediately known whether Huckabee would take over as press secretary.
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