Spicer Resigns As Trump's Press Secretary, Scaramucci Appointed White House Communications Director

It's official: moments ago the much anticipated departure of (now former) White House press secretary and communications director, Sean Spicer took place, when according to the NYT, Spicer resigned on Friday morning, "telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director."

Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to person with direct knowledge of the exchange.

News of Spicer's resignation was promptly greeted with trolling by many...

... including Maxine Waters:

To all those who bought the "No" contract: congratulations: it's payout time:

Subsequently, it was reported that Spicer's position as press secretary would be taken over by Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Meanwhile, as noted above, Trump appointed former SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director.

Scaramucci has been a vocal supporter of the president, having served in a top financial advisory role on Trump’s campaign. He has been an ardent defender of the president in television interviews.

He was also the subject of the recent hit piece from CNN that the network was forced to retract and apologize to him for, a piece that inaccurately accused him of being under multiple investigations—he is not under any—for “meetings” that never happened with Russian bankers. Three senior CNN editorial officials resigned over the story, amounting to what is still developing into one of the biggest scandals in journalistic history.

While news of Scaramucci's appointment first broke on Thursday night, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus tried to scuttle the appointment of Scaramucci due to a reported long-running feud with him, according to Breitbart, which adds that Steve Bannon, the ex-Executive Chairman of Breitbart News now the White House chief strategist, also objected to the Scaramucci appointment.

Bannon and Priebus have an alliance inside the White House where they are frequently at loggerheads with the “West Wing Democrats” like National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, Jared Kusher, Ivanka Trump, and others.

Those opposed to the Scaramucci appointment did not succeed.

Comments

swmnguy Deep In Vocal … (not verified) Fri, 07/21/2017 - 13:31 Permalink

Scaramucci is The Squid.  He was an Obama fundraiser in 2008, when Obama got more contributions from Wall Street than either McCain or Hillary.  I read that little detail in May 2008, and it told me everything to expect from Obama and I wasn't thenceforth surprised by anything Obama ever did.  Obama was clearly owned by Finance, and acted indeed as their biggest protector and benefactor, bailing them all out and not prosecuting anyone for fraud.Scaramucci fell out with Obama when Obama said a few negative things about Wall Street in 2009-2010.  Those were of course just about the only honest and true things Obama ever said.So The Squid in The Swamp is now Trump's mouthpiece.  Utterly unsurprising.  And despite the fact that CNN retracted their story, his dealings as a financier are far from in the clear.  Again, utterly unsurprising.  Not shocking in the least that Bannon and Priebus didn't want him on the insider team.  Bannon is a nut, and Priebus is a handservant for the GOP Establishment Oligarchy, but they have at least the traces of political instincts.I'll miss Spicey.  And his departure is only the beginning of the exodus. 

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junction SloMoe Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:58 Permalink

Ha, ha, ha, ha!  The hits just keep coming.  The West Wing revolving door.  Days of Rage in the White House.  My way or the highway.  Does Communications Director qualify this guy to sell all his stocks on a tax exempt basis?  You know, like Hank Paulson.  Who goes next, the office cleaning lady?  Good thing for Trump that the Democratic Party has devolved into an Assisted Care Senior Citizen Center facility, filled with pre-Alzheimer patients posing as party leaders.   

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swmnguy junction Fri, 07/21/2017 - 13:37 Permalink

The Democrats are being strangled by their corporate ties.  The Republicans are splintered by their conflicting allegiances.  The power vacuum is all that is prevented a complete collapse of the political structure.  It's being held together right now by surface tension, like a bubble.  When (we're probably past the point of "if") that bubble pops, the whole thing comes down.  President Trump has brought the power structure to the point of collapse far faster than I ever thought possible.  I won't argue with those who wish to believe it's a 27d chess ploy.  I just haven't seen the man hold a train of thought long enough to formulate such a strategy, or to hold an opinion any longer than the next time he opines on a topic.I'd thought for quite a while the facade of Imperial power was an empty shell but I've thought the same thing about the Finance Economy for 15 years, and it's still pounding away.  My concern is that nature abhors a vacuum, and what generally rises to fill a political vacuum is almost always very, very bad.

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whatswhat1@yahoo.com chunga Fri, 07/21/2017 - 14:10 Permalink

"For the past few weeks I've been doing a great job of ignoring politics and current events. It's great! I get a lot moar done and get less pissed off about things I can't do anything about. ALL politicians are frauds and scum. Every single one of them. It's best to ignore them." Exactly!!! The whole world is a fraud.  As I have be saying for the past 50 years.

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