Financier accepts Trump offer to head White House communications

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Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary Friday in protest at a major shakeup of Donald Trump's embattled administration, an official told AFP.

Spicer's decision appears linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, NY financier Anthony Scaramucci. Spicer even used the Patriots to take a jab at Hillary Clinton during one of his now-famous press briefings.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on March 24.

While there had been questions that Spicer wanted no part of working with Scaramucci, the next White House Communications Director went out of his way to praise Spicer. According to United States media, Spicer told Trump that he was committing a "mistake" by appointing Scaramucci as the Communications Director. Two people with knowledge of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

Also during the briefing, Sanders introduced Scaramucci, who called Spicer a "true American patriot".

NY financier Anthony Scaramucci is under consideration to join the Trump administration as communications director.

Spicer tweeted that he will continue to serve through August.

News of Scaramucci's appointment surprised Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who wasn't made aware of the move until it was finalized.

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Apparently, Trump had been pushing for Scaramucci for some time now, despite Spicer's opposition.

Spicer's televised White House appearances eventually gave way to off-camera, audio-only briefings, broadcast on a time-delay.

In terms of political experience, Scaramucci has always been associated with fund-raising programmes of various Republican leaders, dating back to 2012 US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

He said it's okay if there's a little bit of "friction" in the White House.

Spicer's tenure got off to a rocky start.

Officials told the news outlet that they were anxious the hiring of Scaramucci would "perpetuate the notion of "amateur hour" in the West Wing", The Daily Beast reported.

Scaramucci had previously been expected to lead the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs under the Trump presidency.

If Trump valued honesty, Spicer's credibility might not have been shredded at his very first press briefing with those absurd gymnastics about the inauguration crowd.