Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary has resigned after he disagreed with President Donald Trump’s decision on appointing Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director.
Sarah Hucakabee Sanders, Spicer’s principal deputy has been been named the new press secretary at White House briefing by Scaramucci.
The New York Times reported that Spicer had a fallout with the president as he thought appointing the combative Wall Street financier for the the role he partially filled was a ‘major mistake’.
He made news headlines on occasions like inflating crowd sizes at Trump inauguration at first briefing, butt of text message joke by adviser Steve Bannon about his weight, defending Trump ‘covfefe’ tweet by saying it had hidden meaning etc.
Spicer has been serving as the press secretary and filling in as communications director after Mike Dubke left the position in May and Trump reportedly was adamant on having Scaramucci to take the reigns.
Scaramucci, widely known to be the founder of global investment firm SkyBridge Capital and a prominent contributor on Fox News has been vibrantly defending Trump on air for quite some time but also has good relationships with journalists, even those termed as ‘fake news’ by Trump.
The resignation as president’s top spokesman comes just a week after Melissa McCarthy played the spoof of Spicer on Saturday Night Live.
Trump had earlier planned to have Scaramucci as the director of public liaison but he could not go ahead with the move at the request of White House Chief of Staff and former Republican party chairman Reince Priebus over the concerns about the financier’s overseas investments.
Priebus was the one to bring Spicer into the West Wing and had also objected Scaramucci’s arrival in the White House as he believed Scaramucci lacked the requisite organisational or political experience but Trump thought otherwise.
Spicer flatly rejected the offer from the president to be Scaramucci’s deputy but said he would be helping in the transition procedure.
Trump’s decision to appoint Scaramucci was backed by his daughter Ivanka, his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.