Resignations seem to be a natural occurrence in any organization but when that “organization” is the White House, there is definitely cause for pause. The latest from the seat of power concerned the White House Press Secretary – Sean Spicer.
Spicer, according to reports allegedly dropped his resignation after he purportedly contested or objected (whichever catches your fancy) the appointment of the new White House communications Director – Anthony Scaramucci.
Scaramucci, a Wall Street financial guru was contacted to fill part of the role Spicer occupied.
Mr Spicer’s has been camera-shy these past few weeks but that didn’t stop his press briefings from being a cable news hit.
He told US media that the White House “could benefit from a clean slate”.
The shake-up comes amid several investigations into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s US presidential election and whether Mr Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow.
The New York Times reports that 45-year-old Mr Spicer “vehemently” disagreed with the appointment of Mr Scaramucci, which he believed to be a “major mistake”.
Spicer’s Low Points As White House Press Secretary
- inflating crowd sizes at Trump inauguration at first briefing
- his appearance, particularly his suits, reportedly criticised by Trump
- saying Hitler never used chemical weapons and referring to Holocaust “centres”
- butt of text message joke by adviser Steve Bannon about his weight
- defending Trump “covfefe” tweet by saying it had hidden meaning
- frozen out of meeting with the Pope in Rome, despite being devout Catholic
- not invited to Paris for Trump visit
Announcing that he would step down next month, Mr Spicer tweeted that it had been “an honor & a privilege to serve” the president.
The BBC’s White House reporter Tara McKelvey says journalists besieged the 18-acre complex so they could film Mr Spicer leaving.
What does Scaramucci say?
In an assured debut, he attended Friday afternoon’s news conference to announce that Sarah Huckabee Sanders, formerly Mr Spicer’s deputy, would step into his shoes.
“I love the president and it’s an honour to be here,” Mr Scaramucci said, adding: “He is genuinely a wonderful human being.”
He also said: “The president has really good karma.”
Mr Scaramucci, who has no previous experience in communications roles, paid tribute to Mr Spicer as “a true American patriot” and “incredibly gracious”.
“I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money,” he said.
Mr Scaramucci also apologised and said he had been “unexperienced” as he explained his previous criticism of the president.
In an August 2015 interview with Fox Business, he dismissed Mr Trump as a “hack” and “an inherited money dude” with “a big mouth”.
Mr Scaramucci is currently senior vice-president of the Export-Import Bank, a US government agency which guarantees loans for foreign buyers of American exports.
Now, let’s see what Scaramucci can do.
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