After a tumultuous six months in the White House briefing room, Sean Spicer has resigned as the White House Press Secretary.
It has been reported by the New York Times that he has resigned after the President reportedly tapped New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director, a post that has been vacant since Mike Dubke’s resignation in May. Since then, Spicer had been serving as both Press Secretary and Communications Director, and was reportedly opposed to Scaramucci taking the role.
Spicer’s short-lived tenure behind the podium has been characterised by a number of gaffes, which have, at multiple points, bought both his competence and future in the role into question among commentators.
Spicer was not an early supporter of Trump, which had led many to opine about Spicer’s longevity in the role since his appointment in January.
It was also rumored in Washington that Trump, who deeply values loyalty, had soured on Spicer early on in his tenure as press secretary – perhaps as early as his first press statement when Spicer angrily berated reporters and gave false information about the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd.