White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned from the Trump administration, a major exit from one of the most public White House officials. The move comes as Trump appointed a long-time loyalist and Wall Street insider to the job of Communications Director:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, according to multiple officials, after President Donald Trump decided to name Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier and longtime Trump supporter, as the new White House communications director.
It’s a dramatic end for Spicer’s White House tenure, which has been marked by combative exchanges with reporters in the briefing room and a rocky relationship with the president, who never warmed to the former Republican National Committee official.
Scaramucci’s expected appointment has caused great upheaval in the West Wing, with chief of staff Reince Preibus and chief strategist Steve Bannon — along with Spicer — expressing opposition to him getting the high-profile job.
To Trump loyalists, this will be another “nothingburger”. Spicer is, legitimately, a political professional, not a member of the Trump inner circle. He’s also good at what he does, despite efforts to paint him as a comical character by the media and liberal outlets.
Simply put, his job was impossible. This administration is rife with growing pains and media mismanagement, and Spicer was asked to control the damage. It has been increasingly clear in recent weeks that Spicer wasn’t being given the ability to do his job, so this is an unsurprising move. The only shock, perhaps, is that Spicer left on his own terms.
Spicer’s tenure of just 182 days is the shortest since Jake Siewert, who served just 112 days to close out the Clinton administration’s second term. Let the spin begin.