White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday after opposing President Donald Trump’s appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
The president asked Spicer to stay in his role, but Spicer said appointing Scaramucci was a major mistake, The New York Times reported, citing a person with direct knowledge of the conversation.
Spicer tweeted that he will continue to serve through August.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) July 21, 2017
Principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Spicer will remain on during the transition. She read a statement from Trump at a press briefing Friday afternoon.
“I’m grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings.”
Sanders said Spicer understood the president wanted to add new people to the team and felt like it was best for the team to start with a “totally clean slate.”
At the briefing, incoming communications director Scaramucci announced Sanders will take over as press secretary.