In the latest shake up to the Trump administration, Sean Spicer has shockingly resigned from his role as press secretary. There’s major tension in the White House following his exit. What caused him to leave?
Sean Spicer, 45, has been one of President Donald Trump‘s most loyal employees, but he’s apparently had enough. Spicer is leaving his role as White House press secretary , he confirmed on Twitter following a report from The New York Times. The decision comes on June 21 after Spicer told President Trump, 71, that he disagreed with his appointment of New York financier (and friend) Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Spicer had been filling in that role while press secretary as Trump took his time filling the position.
Trump offered Scaramucci the communications director position the same morning Spicer resigned. Spicer reportedly told Trump that appointing Scaramucci was a “major mistake,” according to a source who spoke to The New York Times. The president wanted Spicer to stay on as press secretary, but he instead resigned. Spicer is replaced by Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Scaramucci has been promised a position “somewhere” in the White House by Trump earlier in the term, but he had yet to fill a role. The office of the communications director opened up in May when Mike Dubke resigned, and Spicer became the interim officer. It was rumored at that time that Spicer would leave the communications department after that and move to a more senior role somewhere else in the White House. Scaramucci is a major Republican donor who supported Trump during the 2016 general election. He’s a longtime friend of Sean Hannity and Trump, currently works at the Export-Import Bank, and has no professional communications experience.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) July 21, 2017
Spicer was known for his combative press briefings with White House reporters in which he constantly seemed personally offended by any question asked. He sparred with journalists, become visibly upset and overwhelmed at follow-ups, and screamed on TV. Huckabee Sanders has a much calmer demeanor, though she’s delivering the same message as Spicer. There have been rumblings for some time that Spicer would be stepping down after the troubling decision by the White House to not broadcast press briefings and ban reporters from live streaming — only providing audio. Huckabee Sanders has been conducting the press briefings more often than not lately.
Spicer had major gaffes in his seven months on the job. In a terribly misguided attempt to justify a US missile strike, Spicer said that Adolf Hitler wasn’t as bad as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because he never used chemical weapons. Not only is that not true, it didn’t help that he also called concentration camps “Holocaust centers.” Spicer apologized, moved on with the job (probably after a stern warning), and was his usual, hostile self for weeks without huge incident. But he was noticeably absent during perhaps the most hectic week of the Trump presidency, when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, then threatened him on Twitter. Spicer was out fulfilling his Navy Reserves duty, no big deal there. But having Huckabee Sanders appear at pressers in his place showed a dramatic difference in how the meetings ran.
Even if Huckabee Sanders was better, Spicer’s sudden departure is troubling. Trump is knocking down officials in his administration one by one, it seems, because “he’s frustrated, and angry at everyone,” sources told Axios. “The advice he’s getting is to go big — that he has nothing to lose,” the White House source said. “The question now is how big and how bold. I’m not sure he knows the answer to that yet.”
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Spicer is no longer the White House press secretary?