White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday morning. He told President Donald Trump that he strongly disagreed with Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, being appointed as communications director.
The job was offered by the president to Scaramucci at 10:00 a.m., and Trump requested that Spicer stay. However, according to The New York Times, Spicer told Trump that, in his opinion, the choice of Scaramucci as communications director was a major mistake.
Scaramucci is the founder of SkyBridge Capital, a global investment firm, and has been a contributor to Fox News. While on Fox News, he made a name for himself as a strong defender of the president. On the plus side for ‘fake news’ outlets, Scaramucci has a good relationship with many journalists from multiple outlets.
Spicer has been on the job for 6 months. In that time, he became known as the president’s top spokesperson who constantly battled with the media, and relayed inaccurate information and argued that it was true. His actions spawned Saturday Night Live’s bits with Melissa McCarthy portraying the angry, gum chewing press secretary.
While the news of Sean Spicer leaving the White House has been rumored for months, and has been one of the longest running sagas inside the Trump administration. He was a strategist and spokesman for the Republican National Committee, and he was originally not a Trump supporter. When Trump, during the campaign, pulled ahead of all the other Republican candidates, he, along with other Trump non-supporters, decided that they should join the future president and maybe they would be able to reign him in. Unfortunately, they were unable to and the President frequently targeted Spicer with his ire and correctives. Unfortunately, his job was to defend the president, and many will note by his attitude, while he would relay information from the Oval Office, he seemed angry and sometimes flustered. Many people pointed to this as a sign that he was not qualified for the position, like many people in Trump’s administration. The reality may actually be that he had a hard time defending the president, and went on the attack against journalist who would focus in on a major negative coming from Trump and he could not change the subject.
The resignation of Sean Spicer will be felt mainly be Reince Priebus, the chief of staff at the White House. The former chairman of the Republican Party, Priebus brought Spicer with him to the West Wing, even though Trump thought that he was not loyal.
Trump appointed Scaramucci despite objections from Priebus. The chief of staff felt the 52-year-old from Long Island lacked the political experience, but because of his on-air defense of Trump put him in the president’s good graces and he thinks that this will translate to a good communications director. Spicer, who took on the role of communications director following the resignation of Mike Dubke two months ago. After doing the job for the last couple months, then being asked to step back and become Scaramucci’s subordinate caused Spicer to flatly reject Trump’s offer to have him stay on.
Sean Spicer has said that he will stay on through August to help with the transition. He did tweet out that he was honored to serve the president.
By Cletus Dillwood