White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer officially resigned Friday after Trump pushed him over the edge with the hiring of Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci.
Scaramucci will fill the White House communications director position, which was the last straw for Spicer, who was adamant in his opposition to the hiring. But Spicer had been on thin ice for a while, and White House officials were pointed with The Daily Beast when asked about it, saying they were “surprised it took this long.”
Spicer wasn’t the only one disappointed with Trump’s decision. The relationship between the president and his PR staff has seen better days, as officials feel Trump constantly catches them off guard with media firestorms that need putting out. Friday morning was no different as officials told The Daily Beast that members of Trump’s communications team weren’t informed before the news broke of Spicer’s resignation and were surprised by the Scaramucci announcement.
Senior White House officials said that among those opposed to Scaramucci’s hiring were deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and even chief strategist Steve Bannon, who reportedly vocalized his disagreement with Trump.
That such high-ranking members are at odds with their boss speaks to the splintering taking place within the White House, as the frequency of reports of multiple factions vying for Trump’s blessing has intensified. The constant communications crisis following Trump has been difficult to quell, and senior officials think Trump’s hiring of Scaramucci, who is vastly under-qualified, will only perpetuate “amateur hour.”
But Trump has shown he’s content surrounding himself with flamboyant political figures over experienced ones, and with a reported “big personality,” Scaramucci fits that bill.
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