The official announcement came from Washington exactly 6 months after his very first statement from the White House podium. Press Secretary Sean Spicer has announced his resignation.
Thought to have prompted the resignation is President Trump’s offer to Anthony Scaramucci for the job of communications director. According to the New York Times and the Associated Press, Spicer strongly opposed the appointment.
Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capitol and contributor to Fox News, is reported to have had a turbulent relationship with Spicer. The 53 year old Scaramucci is well-know for his rousing televised arguments in defense of President Trump. He also is seemingly respected in journalistic pools across both sides of the political fence.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders held the White House press briefing this afternoon (the first on-camera in three weeks) and confirmed that she will be stepping up to fill Spicer’s shoes. The former principal deputy press secretary also stressed that repealing and replacing Obamacare is still at the forefront of The White House agenda.
Sanders read a statement from the President, “I am grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administrations and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities, just look at his great television ratings.”
Then the newly promoted Press Secretary introduced Anthony Scaramucci as the new WH Communications Director. Scaramucci promised to “clear up any conflicts.” The conflicts he was referring to are business relations that could potentially restrain him from acting in his new position.
Scaramucci takes on the strategy-focused role as the White House is trying to squash down a series of leaks. The President and his team have also been fighting off suggestions that the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russian officials during the election.
Although Scaramucci has never held a formal political role in communications, an unnamed official was quoted by CNN as saying he believes a “fresh start will inject some energy.”
Spicer tweeted that he will remain in his position as Press Secretary through August, but a definitive exit date has not been confirmed.