Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

Sean Spicer at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). (Unmodified photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license.

In a shocking turn of events, multiple outlets confirmed Friday that Sean Spicer has resigned from his role as press secretary. The news comes as Spicer reportedly strongly disagreed with President Donald Trump’s appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Spicer, the former communications director for the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2011 to 2017, gained a reputation for combativeness with the press during his tenure as official White House spokesman. From making false statements regarding the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration to holding relatively few on-camera briefings, his time in the role had no shortage of controversy.

Spicer became a household name almost immediately after he took the role, with his daily briefings regularly being televised live on network TV.

His persona was also famously parodied by Saturday Night Live cast member Melissa McCarthy.

Spicer will be replaced by Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Scaramucci was recently the subject of a retracted CNN story regarding alleged ties to Russia. A longtime confidant of the president, he is a former Fox News Channel contributor and founder of global investment firm SkyBridge Capital.

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