White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday after President Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as his new communications director, The New York Times reported.
Trump requested that Spicer stay on, but Spicer declined to do so and told the present that hiring Scaramucci was a major mistake, the Times reported.
The White House said there will be a press briefing today but did not say who would conduct it or whether it would be on camera.
Spicer’s resignation could point to more changes coming at a White House increasing working under the cloud of investigations looking at Russia’s involvement in last year’s election.
Spicer is a former spokesman and strategist from the Republican National Committee, where he worked with Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff and a former RNC chairman.
The decision to hire Scaramucci as communications director for the White House was reportedly opposed by Priebus, who along with Spicer urged Trump to reconsider.
Spicer’s decision to resign will raise new questions about whether Priebus and others in the former chairman’s orbit will stay at the White House.
Scaramucci is a Wall Street financier and longtime Trump supporter. He is not a Washington veteran, setting him apart from Spicer, Priebus and the man Scaramucci would succeed, Michael Dubke.
Spicer has had a colorful history as the White House press secretary.
His daily on-camera briefings drew huge audiences on cable television and became must-see television. He was also famously parodied by Melissa McCarthy on “Saturday Night Live.”
Spicer was a combative press secretary on camera who frequently tangled with reporters — and sometimes his comments got him in trouble.
He apologized after making a reference to “Holocaust centers” instead of concentration camps during an ill-fated comparison of Adolf Hitler and Syrian President Bashar Assad. Spicer also mistakenly said that Hitler had not used chemical weapons on his own people in criticizing Assad’s alleged use of them.
In recent months, however, on-camera press briefings became less common, as Spicer turned his attention to communication director duties and controversies mounted around the investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the presidential race.
Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had largely filled in for Spicer at daily press briefings.
Spicer had been acting as the White House communications director since Dubke resigned from the post in May.