White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Resigns
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has stepped down, reports the New York Times.
Spicer, who has gained a measure of fame for his brusque manner in press conferences and been lampooned by Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live, reportedly resigned because he did not agree with President Trump’s decision to name Anthony Scaramucci communications director.
Scaramucci was offered the job Friday morning and Spicer gave his notice shortly after that.
Spicer has been known as a loyal soldier to Trump, but there were some cracks. “Trump blamed his press team, including Spicer, for failing to arrest the public firestorm that ensued after Trump dismissed the FBI director [James Comey],” reports USA Today. “Comey had been running the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia during the presidential election — though the press team had been left in the dark about the president’s sudden decision to fire Comey.”
Spicer was reportedly upset when the president did not invite him to meet the pope at the Vatican in May.
Spicer became a star immediately after taking the job. During his first press conference (in which he was criticized for not telling the truth), he lambasted the media and appeared angry, behavior that his many detractors would say would continue for the duration of his tenure.