Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2017 — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that he is leaving his post, just a day after President Trump named Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director. Political insiders are speculating that he objected to the hiring. According to NBC News Spicer had doubts about Scaramucci’s ability to do the job.
Following his announcement, the White House announced that Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would hold an on-camera briefing on Friday afternoon. A major staff shakeup was rumored to happen after the president’s sudden decision to fire ex-FBI Director James Comey.
Spicer’s contentious relationship with the press was continually spoofed on “Saturday Night Live” with comedian Melissa McCarthy portraying an angry Spicer. Spicer often was forced to answer hard questions from the press on Trump campaign staff’s conversations with Russia and on President Trump’s tweets on a variety of topics.
The resignation marked the end of one of the most tumultuous tenures for a White House press secretary, one where Spicer was often undermined as White House Press Secretary. Spicer was often thrown into a combative role, especially during his full day in office in order to fire back against the media’s coverage of the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to be promoted to Press Secretary, following the sudden departure of Spicer. Spicer’s departure shows a massive splintering inside the White House press operation. Spicer was not the only opposed to Scaramucci, both chief of staff Reince Priebus, deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee and chief strategist Steve Bannon.
President Trump applauds Scaramucci’s personality and his continued defense of the administration during numerous cable-news appearances. Trump had previously attempted to find Scaramucci different positions inside the White House, but they all fell through. The New York Times reported that Spicer rejected President Trump’s offer of a position subordinate to Mr. Scaramucci.