7.22.2017

White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigns | USA News

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position in opposition to President Donald Trump naming Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his top communications official.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary, will replace Spicer, the White House announced on Friday. 

Scaramucci made the formal announcement to reporters.

Spicer told the Associated Press news agency on Friday that he was stepping down to give Scaramucci a fresh start.

He said he felt it would be best for Scaramucci to be able to build his own operation “and chart a new way forward”. The White House was at a point where Trump “could benefit from a clean slate”, he added. 

In a Twitter post, Spicer said he would continue his service through August. 

James Bays, Al Jazeera’s Washington editor, said Spicer had been “sidelined in recent weeks”.

“We understand that he’s unhappy with the choice for the White House communications director, and that is why he is now quitting his job,” Bays said.

Spicer’s departure reflected turmoil within Trump’s legal and communication teams amid a widening investigation into possible ties between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia

Parodied for his combative encounters with the White House press corps, Spicer became one of the Trump administration’s most recognised figures after taking the job in December.

He was sometimes targeted by critics for what they said were false or misleading statements. 

Spicer spent several years leading communications at the Republican National Committee before helping Trump’s campaign in the general election.

Mark Corallo, who coordinated the Trump legal team’s public response to the Russia probe, also stepped down, according to an email he sent to the AFP news agency. 

No reason was given for Corallo’s departure. 

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Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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