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Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns, arguing that he disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director

21 July 2017, 6:30pm
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns
White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned from his post, citing his opposition to the selection of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.

According to the New York Times, Donald Trump offered Scaramucci the top communications post at 10 a.m. on Friday and, according to the newspaper's sources, Spicer told the President that he believed the decision was a significant misstep. 

Scaramucci, an investment-firm founder and top Republican donor and Trump surrogate, became the senior vice president and chief strategy officer of the Export-Import Bank last month. 

CNN reports that the resignation caps off one of the most tumultuous tenures for a White House press secretary, one that saw Spicer repeatedly undermined in his role as the White House's public-facing spokesman by the President's own public statements and tweets.

Spicer handled the responsibilities of both press secretary and communications director during much of his tenure, overseeing the White House's response to a near non-stop deluge of controversy, particularly concerning the widening federal investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.