The NY Times is reporting that Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been named as the new press secretary.
Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to person with direct knowledge of the exchange.
There is a caveat here. The NY Times is often fake news. However, the BBC is also reporting that Spicer quit.
Mr. Spicer was running the communications department until today apparently.
Scaramucci is a Sean Hannity friend
Trump’s plans to appoint Mr. Scaramucci came as a surprise to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Axios reported.
“Mooch,” as he’s known to pals, is a major GOP donor who supported Trump during the general election campaign. He is a frequent guest on Fox News and is a longtime friend of Sean Hannity.
The Long Island-born Trump loyalist recently sold his stake in his hedge fund, SkyBridge Capital.
He was also recently appointed chief strategy officer of the Export-Import Bank but is expected to leave that administration post to take the communications director job, Axios reported.
Scaramucci recently threatened CNN with a mega lawsuit over a fake Russia news story that involved him. CNN retracted the story.
Scaramucci refers to himself as a “sh*t stirrer”.
Sean Spicer is reported to have said Scaramucci doesn’t have the D.C. experience or any political experience for that matter. This was the final straw for Spicer. He felt he’d end up doing both jobs. Trump and Scaramucci are longtime friends and he has wanted him in the White House for some time. Reince Priebus, who chose Spicer, did not want him because of his lack of experience and has kept him out until now.