The tumultuous Trump White House is undergoing another shakeup as the president has hired former Wall Street wheeler-and-dealer Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, prompting press secretary Sean Spicer to resign in protest, according to the New York Times.
Spicer had essentially been doing double duty as press secretary and communications director since Mike Dubke resigned as communications director just three months into the term.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Steve Bannon were also said to be resistant to the Scaramucci hire Thursday, at least in part because his friendship with Trump might weaken their influence with the president.
Scaramucci was an early supporter of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s short-lived bid for president, then supported Jeb Bush before ultimately throwing his support to Trump. He also served on Trump’s transition team.
Trump apparently met with Scaramucci, Spicer and other top staff at 10 am Eastern time Friday. The New York Times cites a source with knowledge of the meeting who said Trump asked Spicer to stay on but Spicer resigned, saying he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of Scaramucci.