In the fast-breaking, ever-changing world of D.C. politics, nothing last forever, and some things only last six months. The tenure of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer falls into the latter category.
Sean Spicer: Trump wanted me to stay
Spicer on Friday resigned after it was announced that the Trump Administration hired Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over Spicer’s old gig as press secretary, to “have a clean slate,” reports ABC News.
The former presidential spokesman said that additions to the staff could have created “confusion.”
I just thought it was in the best interest of our communications department, of our press organization to not have too many cooks in the kitchen. I look forward to spending a lot of time with my family.
Friday on Hannity, Spicer claimed Trump didn’t want him to resign.
He’s been very gracious throughout this process. [Trump], after some back-and-forth, understood that the offer that I was making was something that was in the best interest of the administration. I thanked him for the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to watching Anthony and Sarah to a tremendous job.
Trump responded to Spicer’s resignation on Friday night on Twitter, saying Spicer is “a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media – but his future is bright!” Trump continued,
I am grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings.
Spicer’s tenure as press secretary had gotten off to a difficult start when he made his very first appearance in the White House briefing room the day after Trump took office. Trump had claimed the biggest inauguration crowd ever; it seemed important to the newly elected president that “his be bigger than Obama’s,” revealingly enough.
Spicer spent his first press conference being forced to back up Trump’s lie.
Both men had enough of each other
Despite all the pubic “making nice,” with requisite talk of a “clean slate,” there had been only a lukewarm relationship between Spicer and Trump.
According to a New York Times report published Friday night, Scaramucci’s hiring and Spicer’s immediate resignation was a development for which there had long been writing on the wall. Trump and Spicer, according to the paper, had simply had enough of each other.
“Mr. Trump and Mr. Spicer did not have a close relationship,” wrote The Times. Even though Trump had signaled to aides that he wanted Spicer to stay, the chief executive felt that his press secretary had lost his edge.
For his part, Spicer had become exasperated with Trump’s “constant criticism,” and was “tired of being blindsided” by the president.
Spicer rants about McCarthy’s portrayal
In an interview that aired Friday night on Hannity, Spicer said “Sometimes it goes from funny to mean,” when referencing Melissa McCarthy’s beloved, screaming caricature of him on Saturday Night Live.
I think that there were parts of it that were funny, but there’s a lot of it that was over the line. It wasn’t funny. It was stupid, or silly, or malicious.
You’re wrong, Spicey. It was hilarious. Good luck!