White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stepped down on his position on Friday morning after US President Donald Trump appointed a new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
“I am 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,” Trump said in a statement.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 21, 2017
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) July 22, 2017
According to a White House official, Spicer opposed Scaramucci’s appointment many times. Although Trump requested him to stay in his position, the former White House secretary refused and resigned after Scaramucci was declared in the position.
Trump expressed his thanks to Spicer on Friday night on Twitter. “Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media—but his future is bright!” the President tweeted.
On the other hand, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, said Trump and Spicer will continue to support each other.
“Sean leaving doesn’t mean that Sean isn’t going to be out there supporting President Trump, and it doesn’t mean that President Trump isn’t going to be out there supporting Sean Spicer,” Priebus said.
Meanwhile, principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over Spicer’s position as White House Press Secretary.
“My decision was to recommend to the President that I give Anthony and Sarah a clean slate to start from, so that they can talk about the President’s agenda and help move it forward. And he, after some back and forth, understood that the offer that I was making was something that was in the best interest of the administration,” Spicer said.