Spicer resigns as White House Press Secretary

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday morning, according to three White House officials.

Scaramucci endorsed Scott Walker and then Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election before joining Trump's campaign.

He hosted a show on "Wall Street Week", and was a contributor to the Fox News Channel.

Spicer was also mocked and criticized over his controversial remark comparing Syrian President Bashar Assad and Nazi Germany's leader Adolf Hitler.

That rocky relationship with the press was the inspiration for Saturday Night Live sketches mocking his rough tone, many of which went viral.

Had Spicer remained as press secretary, he would've worked closely with Scaramucci.

The president wished Spicer well, and even noted his "great television ratings".

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Scaramucci had once expected to be named the head of the White House office that coordinates the administration's outreach to the business community and other interest groups. "It's an honour to be here". "The ship is going in the right direction", he said. "I am ready to serve", Scaramucci said in remarks at the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference in Las Vegas in May, according to Bloomberg. He was formerly a hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs banker.

Scaramucci said the Office of Government Ethics had cleared him already, and said his start date would be within a couple of weeks.

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson took Spicer's resignation as an opportunity to address the Trump team, tweeting, "It was clear that Sean Spicer was in over his head from the beginning, just like the entire administration".

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe", he said, contrary to photos and other evidence of a smaller audience than the one at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.

Spicer has always been a fixture of the Washington political establishment, previously serving as the spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

In that same appearance Scaramucci also called Trump "anti-American", "very divisive" and said the only thing he would be president of would be the "Queens County bullies association".

UPDATE: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, a longtime colleague of Spicer's, is reportedly furious with Scaramucci's appointment.

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