Sean Spicer's very short term as White House press secretary, ranked

Sean Spicer's very short term as White House press secretary, ranked

NY financier Anthony Scaramucci has been formally named White House communications director and Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been promoted to press secretary in the Trump White House's latest shake-up.

Spicer announced earlier Friday he would leave his post at the White House.

Trump asked Spicer to stay on as press secretary, but Spicer thought Scaramucci was a "major mistake", the New York Times reported. "I think it's very, very important to him to express his identity", Scaramucci said. She added that ahead of the meeting, Spicer was telling people he would resign if Scaramucci was hired.

And for good measure, Scaramucci said of Trump: "he's got a big mouth". "I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities".

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the new face of President Donald Trump's press operation.

"We understand that he's unhappy with the choice for the White House communications director, and that is why he is now quitting his job", Bays said.

Sacaramucci's appointment comes as the White House deals with questions around a special counsel probe and several congressional investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and potential collusion with Trump's campaign.

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Sanders has been handling most of the briefing duties in recent weeks, and most briefings have been off-camera.

CNN reports that Spicer offered to help Scaramucci's transition into the White House and clapped when White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus announced he would join the administration.

His tenure was marred with questionable moments, including a struggle with White House messaging on the firing of FBI Director James Comey in May.

Overall, Scaramucci and his hedge fund have given about $1 million to federal campaigns and committees that disclose their donors since the 2000 election, with the bulk going to Republicans and Republican-affiliated campaign accounts.

The gulf between Scaramucci and Priebus has been widely reported for months.

A different White House official described Scaramucci to NBC News as a "total professional" with the respect of President Donald Trump. One official said tension persists between McMaster and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon and chief speechwriter Stephen Miller.

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