The New York Times just reported that White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday morning, telling Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Trump offered Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president asked Spicer to stay on, but Spicer told Trump he believed the appointment was “a major mistake” and refused, according to person with direct knowledge of the exchange.
According to CNN, Spicer handled the responsibilities of both press secretary and communications director during much of his tenure, overseeing the White House’s response to a near non-stop deluge of controversy, particularly concerning the widening federal investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.
The resignation caps off one of the most tumultuous tenures for a White House press secretary, one that saw Spicer in his role as the White House’s public-facing spokesman repeatedly undermined by the president’s own public statements and tweets.