The White House’s embattled press secretary is out, according to multiple sources.
New York Times White House reporter Glenn Thrush first broke the story, tweeting that Spicer resigned this morning following White House appointed Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director on Friday morning. Scaramucci, a financier and global investment firm founder from Long Island, was offered the job around 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The New York Times reports that President Trump asked Spicer to stay on the staff, but Spicer felt that Trump was making a mistake appointing Scaramucci and resigned. Neither the White House nor Spicer himself have confirmed the reports.
.@PressSec resigned after vehemently objecting to appointment at 10 a.m. Friday of Anthony Scaramucci as WH Communications director, per SAO— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) July 21, 2017
Rumors that Spicer was on the outs at the White House have been circulating for some time, though the White House has never said this was the case. Spicer’s resignation also creates questions about the future of the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, who brought Spicer onto the transition team.
Spicer tweeted that he will be staying on through August.
So, who exactly is Anthony Scaramucci? Why did Sean Spicer disagree so strongly with his appointment? Will other White House staff members follow suit? What happens next for Sean Spicer? How much of a distraction will this prove to be for the White House?
Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh George Ross Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush