BREAKING NEWS: Anthony Scaramucci seizes the podium at the White House and names Sarah Huckabee Sanders press secretary after Sean Spicer abruptly resigns and sneaks out a side door

Friday, July 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned his post after more than six months on the job
His move came just as Trump hired New York financier Anthony Scaramucci to be the new communications director
Scaramucci addressed reporters and named Sarah Huckabee Sanders the new press secretary
He took questions from reporters on-camera – the first on-air briefing all week
He denied a rift with former RNC boss Reince Priebus
Priebus was out of the loop for decision
Spicer tendered his resignation to the president Friday morning
He became a national phenomenon after his contentious live briefings and after getting mocked on Saturday Night Live
Kept out of latest NY Times interview where Trump lashed out at investigators
Move came on a day of shakeup in Trump’s legal team
Tenure dominated by controversy over Trump tweets, Russia
Rocky tenure included crowd size claim, ‘Holocaust centers’ flub and ‘Russian salad dressing’ quip

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor
21 July 2017

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House Press Secretary, capping a tumultuous tenure in the White House where he took heat for his sometimes clumsy attempts to defend President Trump as he improvised his way through his first months in office.

He is being succeeded by his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and quit on a day President Trump offered telegenic New York financier Anthony Scaramucci the job of communications director with plans to make him the face of his White House defense.

On a topsy-turvy day, Scaramucci stunned reporters by showing up at a televised press briefing, taking question after question from reporters where he flattered his boss, avoided factual misstatements, and cracked jokes about making money and ‘getting the hook.’

President Trump thanked Spicer in a statement at a televised press briefing Friday.

‘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. Sean will continue to serve the administration through August,’ Trump said – in a statement read by Sanders, who didn’t smile as she took the podium on a tumultuous day.

Scaramucci stunned reporters by taking questions during a live televised briefing. Spicer was pictured walking out of his office – and did not attend – after being holed up inside the room for hours.

Scaramuuci said off that bat that he spoke to Trump about ‘letting him be himself.’ He assured reporters – who had a contentious relationship with Spicer – that he would ‘get to everybody’ as he fielded questions.

‘I’m going to try to get to everybody – I promise,’ he said.

‘I want to thank personally Sean Spicer not only on behalf of myself, the president, and the administration, but Sean is a true American patriot, he’s a military serviceman, he’s got a great family, and he’s done an amazing job,’ Scaramucci said.

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