After six months as Press Secretary for the Trump administration, Sean Spicer has called it quits.
Spicer has been the subject of unprecedented scrutiny by the White Press Corps since taking the post after serving as communications director for the Republican National Committee.
Spicer’s resignation is the latest casualty in Trump’s effort to upgrade his communications platform amid the wave of communication blunders rocking the White House in recent months.
Spicer made his decision after President Donald Trump appointed long-time loyalist Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.
Trump made his decision to hire Scaramucci last night, confirming his decision on Friday morning despite protests from some in the administration.
Spicer, a career political spokesperson, was deeply opposed to the idea and resigned in protest to Trump’s decision. After White House communications director Mike Dubke resigned in May, Spicer tried to position himself as the replacement. That effort failed, as Trump decided to select a Trump loyalist as a successor.
White House reporters were asked to clear the hallways of the press area while Spicer met with press staff in his office following the decision. Laughing and clapping was heard coming out of the room.
Trump’s decision marks a big shakeup in the communications office that has struggled to effectively combat the media. Spicer’s six-month career was beset by controversy, as he struggled to battle the mainstream media onslaught of hostility against the young Trump administration.
Spicer’s departure will undoubtedly remove the comical atmosphere in the White House briefing room. Let’s see if Scaramucci can instill a more serious tone in the administration’s message.
[Note: This article was written by Zachary Smith]