The embattled press secretary quit after President Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci to take over White House comms.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday after President Trump hired New York financier Anthony Scaramucci to take over communications at the White House.
According to The New York Times, the hiring was the reason behind Spicer’s departure:
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to person with direct knowledge of the exchange.
Scaramucci has been a prolific defender of the president through Trump’s first six months in office, and as investigations into the Trump White House continue to hinder the administration, the president decided to bring on the former member of his transition team.
More establishment members of the administration did their best to stop the move to hire Scaramucci, but Trump decided Wednesday to go against their wishes:
Reince and Bannon fought hard to stop Scaramucci going in. But the President made up his own mind.
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) July 21, 2017
The move was apparently too much for Spicer, who ultimately quit over the decision.
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