Sarah Huckabee Sanders to replace Sean Spicer as White House press secretary
The appointment that reportedly prompted Sean Spicer to resign as White House spokesman.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House announced that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the new press secretary to replace Sean Spicer. Anthony Scaramucci is being introduced as the new communications director.
Spicer, President Donald Trump's embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, resigned his job on Friday morning.
Spicer's decision appears to be linked to the appointment of Scaramucci, who is a New York financier.
Spicer spent several years leading communications at the Republican National Committee before helping Trump's campaign in the general election. He is close to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the former RNC chair, and several of the lower-ranking aides in the White House communications shop.
Priebus told The Associated Press that he supports Scaramucci "100 percent," despite reportedly trying to prevent the financier from getting multiple administration positions.
"We go back a long, long way and are very good friends," Priebus said of Scaramucci. "All good here."
Scaramucci is expected to play a visible role as one of Trump's defenders on television. But Spicer and other officials questioned his hiring as communications director ahead of the president's push to overhaul the tax system and other policy issues. One source said Spicer objected to Trump's vision for the future of the press operation.
Spicer's tenure got off to a rocky start. On Trump's first full day in office, Spicer lambasted journalists over coverage of the crowd size at the inauguration and stormed out of the briefing room without answering questions.
Spicer, who often displayed a fiery demeanor in tense on-camera exchanges with reporters, became part of culture in the way few people in his job have, particularly through an indelible impersonation by Melissa McCarthy on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
She portrayed Spicer as a hostile figure who tore through the briefing room on a portable podium, willing to attack the press.
Spicer remained loyal to Trump but he frequently battled perceptions that he was not plugged in to what the president was thinking, and had to worry that Trump was watching and critiquing his performance from the Oval Office.
Throughout the start of the administration, there was always the possibility that Trump would undermine something Spicer said by simply sending out a tweet.
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