WASHINGTON, July 21, 2017 — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that he is leaving his post even as President Trump named Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director. Political insiders speculate that Spicer objected to the hiring of Scaramucci, leading to his resignation. According to NBC News, Spicer had doubts about Scaramucci, a former hedge fund manager, and his 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 at 2 pm.
Spicer’s relationship with the press was frequently 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 Trump’s tweets on a variety of topics.
The resignation marked the end of one of the most tumultuous tenures on record for a White House press secretary, during which Spicer was often undermined. Spicer was often thrown into a combative role with the press, beginning with 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. Some say that Spicer’s departure shows a massive splintering inside the White House press operation, while others wonder if the changes may help to target the White House communications.
President Trump has approved of Scaramucci 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.