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Sean Spicer resigns as Press Secretary of US White House

Following his resignation, Spicer’s top deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders was appointed as Press Secretary.

Jul 22, 2017 11:11 IST
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Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, resigned on 22 July 2017 from his position following the appointment of Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director by President Donald Trump.

After the appointment of Scaramucci, Spicer was asked to stay on as the Press Secretary and was asked to report to Scaramucci. However, Spicer rejected the offer and resigned. Following his resignation, Spicer’s top deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders was appointed as Press Secretary.

Scaramucci is a Fox News contributor and is known for his on-air defence of President Trump.

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Spicer's tough tenure after Donald Trump took over as the US President
A former spokesman and strategist for the Republican National Committee, Spicer spent 35 years as a spokesman for White House.

Spicer handled the responsibilities of both Press Secretary and Communications Director for much of his tenure. He oversaw the White House's response to a near uncontrollably surge of controversy, particularly concerning the potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.

Spicer's tenure was defined by his struggle to defend Trump administration. He was repeatedly seen issuing statements that were later proven to be false or misleading, often as a result of the President Trump's own public pronouncements.

Spicer also served on the front line of the Trump administration's frequent battles against the media. His reactive combativeness earned him often insults as he was ridiculed on "Saturday Night Live" by actress Melissa McCarthy as a short-tempered spokesman yearning for the President's affection.

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