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Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the NY financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Priebus told reporters after the news broke, "I support Anthony 100%". He pushed back on reports that he has a rift with Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, and instead said that they were "like brothers" who "rough each other up once in a while". And who could forget the time Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski crashed one of Spicer's press briefings during the team's trip to the White House?

At a press briefing later Friday, Scaramucci announced principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over as press secretary. But Spicer and other officials questioned his hiring as communications director ahead of the president's push to overhaul the tax system and other policy issues. Spicer's last press briefing was on July 17.

One White House official said he believes a "fresh start will inject some energy" in a communications operation that has been besieged for weeks by the deluge of Russia-related reports and a sense of disarray.

The new press secretary is the daughter of former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and grew up with a fascination for politics. Melissa McCarthy famously satirized him in "Saturday Night Live" sketches in which he rode a podium like a tank through a battlefield and the now-former press secretary emerged as a household name.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe", he said, an assertion that quickly drew scorn.

Now the vice president and chief strategy officer for the U.S. Import-Export Bank, Scaramucci would be expected to leave that position should accept the offer at the White House.

Mr. Scaramucci is a relative newcomer to Washington politics, although he has been an active GOP fundraiser and previously hosted TV financial news shows, including Fox Business Network's "Wall Street Week".

Spicer has always been a fixture of the Washington political establishment, previously serving as the spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

Spicer said in a tweet on Friday that it had been an "honor" to serve Trump and that he would work through August. The White House has replaced daily on-camera briefings with off-camera briefings, embargoing even the audio.

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