Sean Spicer resigned his post as White House Press Secretary on Friday morning after a heated exchange with President Donald Trump. After 183 days on the job and 58 on-camera briefings, Spicer slammed the door and told Trump he had made one “major mistake.”
Although Trump did not want Spicer to leave, Spicer vehemently disagreed with the president’s appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Trump offered Scaramucci, one of his most loyal supporters, the job at 10 a.m., and Spicer told him it was a “major mistake.”
Mr. Scaramucci, who founded the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital and is a Fox News Channel contributor, is known for his spirited on-air defense of Mr. Trump, but he also enjoys good relationships with journalists from an array of outlets, including those the president has labeled “fake news.” [Source: The New York Times]
Spicer was apparently so worked up over Scaramucci’s appointment on Friday, that when ABC News White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl tried to ask him about it, Spicer slammed a door in his face.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) July 21, 2017
Scaramucci’s appointment Friday came two months after the previous communications director, Mike Dubke, stepped down. Trump was reportedly frustrated with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ slow pace at finding a replacement for Dubke and made the appointment even though he objected.
Priebus was leery Scaramucci lacked the requisite organizational and political experience to serve as communications director, but Trump has been notoriously unconcerned with such matters. After all, he’s no politician himself, yet he is the President of the United States.
Trump believed Scaramucci, a ferocious defender of his on cable television, was best equipped to play the same role in-house, and he offered him a role with far-reaching powers independent of Priebus’ own. For his part, Spicer was not about to fill a position subordinate to Scaramucci’s.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Spicer’s public appearances have been limited in recent weeks, with Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepping in to cover most of the daily media briefings. She has already proven herself to be quite the tough cookie when up against Trump-hating members of the media, who hurl biased accusations at the administration on a daily basis.
Thus, Spicer’s departure should play out relatively smoothly. However, the mainstream media will surely make some sort of scandal out of it. Just remember, they didn’t have anything negative to say when members of former President Barack Obama’s administration moved on.
Obama lost a press secretary, as well, when Jay Carney resigned. Just a little something to keep in mind as the media inevitably blows this out of proportion and tries to tell you that the Trump administration is crumbling in the forthcoming weeks.