On Friday, news broke that Sean Spicer resigned as the White House Press Secretary after President Trump appointed long-time loyalist Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. The New York Times’ Glenn Thrush, citing an anonymous “person with direct knowledge of the exchange,” said Spicer vehemently disagreed with the appointment and told the president he believed it was a major mistake.
According to Thrush:
Mr. Scaramucci, who founded the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital and is a Fox News Channel contributor, is known for his spirited on-air defense of Mr. Trump, but he also enjoys good relationships with journalists from an array of outlets, including those the president has labeled “fake news.”
Spicer, a career political spokesperson, was deeply opposed to the idea and resigned in protest to Trump’s decision. After White House communications director Mike Dubke resigned in May, Spicer tried to position himself as the replacement. That effort failed, as Trump decided to select a Trump loyalist as a successor.
White House reporters were asked to clear the hallways of the press area while Spicer met with press staff in his office following the decision. Laughing and clapping was heard coming out of the room.
Trump’s decision marks a big shakeup in the communications office that has struggled to effectively combat the media. Spicer’s six-month career was beset by controversy, as he struggled to battle the mainstream media onslaught of hostility against the young Trump administration.
Saturday Night Live mocked Spicer’s efforts by featuring actress Melissa McCarthy as a parody of the press secretary who frequently lost his cool while answering questions from journalists.
News of Spicer’s resignation lit up Twitter:
In remembrance of Sean Spicer, we revisit his origin story… pic.twitter.com/Yb9HPxjS1T
— IJR (@TheIJR) July 21, 2017
Maxine Waters, the California Democrat obsessed with Russia conspiracy theories and a deep, burning desire to impeach Trump, weighed in while attacking Atorney General Jeff Sessions:
Congratulations Sean Spicer. You've got more guts than Jeff Sessions!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) July 21, 2017
Mike Cernovich added:
Some, like Twitter user Harriet Baldwin, hated to see Spicer leave:
???? Spicey fans are in mourning. Also pissed. pic.twitter.com/ine5PYyx4o
— Harriet Baldwin ???? (@HarrietBaldwin) July 21, 2017
Trump, Breitbart said, “was loyal to Spicer despite misgivings about his performance, but closely scrutinized his work. Spicer’s daily briefings became popular entertainment for television and online audiences, prompting the White House to move them off-camera, despite protests from the media.”
Scaramucci, the Washington Times said, was “the subject of a botched CNN story involving his finances and a possible Russia connection. The story was later retracted with an apology from the news network.”
“Anthony Scaramucci and the president have something in common,” Fox News’ Steve Doocy said. “You say the president feels he has been treated unfairly by the press. Anthony Scaramucci was able to say to CNN, ‘Hey, that story about me and Russia, that’s wrong.’ And they not only got a retraction, but three people got fired at CNN.”
Update: Spicer isn’t leaving right away. In a tweet, he stated that he would still serve through August:
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 21, 2017
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