Reince Priebus' job again in question after Spicer ouster

Lucy Bush
July 22, 2017

Spicer resigned as soon as he learned NY financier, Anthony Scaramucci had accepted the job to become the new White House communications director.

Spicer resigned shortly thereafter, having told Trump that the appointment was a major mistake, the New York Times reported, citing "a person with direct knowledge of the exchange". The majority of the press briefings are now off-camera, and Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been running the briefings, not Spicer.

Spicer's departure came six months into the Trump administration. He calls Spicer "a true American patriot" and says he hopes Spicer "goes on to make a tremendous amount of money".

Elsewhere in the White House, officials reportedly said Trump adviser Steve Bannon was fiercely against the hiring, but when asked about any potential trouble, Scaramucci simply said "he's got a strong personality; I have a strong personality". Most White House communications directors don't personally do the daily briefings with the press but Scaramucci would be wise to at least consider doing them once or twice a week.

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Spicer tweeted that it had been "an honor & a privilege to serve" Trump and "this fantastic country".

Anthony Scaramucci (left) and the now-former White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

Priebus and Spicer spent years working closely together at the Republican National Committee.

Prior to throwing his support behind Trump, Scaramucci was a Scott Walker and then a Jeb Bush booster.

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The White House communications director is responsible for developing and promoting agenda of the president and leading the administration's media campaign.

Sanders started playing a more public role in May when Spicer was fulfilling his naval reserve duties. This source added that Spicer anxious Scaramucci wouldn't know Washington and that it would fall to Spicer to do both jobs, which he considered to be untenable.

At the briefing, he made the announcement that Sanders is taking over as press secretary.

Trump offered Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m.

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Spicer was repeatedly thrust into a combative role, ordered by the President to take to the briefing room on his first full day in office to lambast the media for coverage of the size of the crowd that attended Trump's inauguration. Sanders has instead frequently taken the podium at the White House briefings, which have often been held off camera.

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