Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary


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July 21, 2017

Sean Spicer resigned his position as White House press secretary on Friday due to his strong opposition to the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director.

Spicer told President Donald Trump that it was a mistake to give the position to Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier and longtime supporter of Trump's, the New York Times reports. Trump offered Scaramucci the position at 10 a.m. on Friday, according to the report.

Spicer tweeted Friday afternoon that it had been an "honor" to serve the White House and "this amazing country," adding he would stay on through August.

He said Trump wanted him to stay but he wanted to give a "clean slate" to the White House, according to CNN.

Scaramucci replaces Mike Dubke, who resigned the post in May.

ABC reporter Jonathan Karl tweeted Friday morning that Spicer slammed a door in his face when he went to ask him questions about Scaramucci's appointment.

Spicer had seen his public role in the administration scaled back significantly in recent months, with deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders handling the majority of recent White House briefings.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also reportedly opposed the selection of Scaramucci.

ABC reporter John Parkinson noted Spicer's tenure as press secretary lasted 183 days and he conducted 58 on-camera briefings.

UPDATED 12:12 P.M.: This article was updated with further information about Spicer's tenure.

UPDATED: 1:48 P.M.: This article was updated with Spicer's tweet about his resignation.

UPDATED: 2:13 P.M.: This article was updated with Spicer's remarks about providing the White House a "clean slate" with his departure.