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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Is Out

The former White House press secretary had an embattled six months on the job.
Posted at 12:56 PM, Jul 21, 2017

Sean Spicer is President Donald Trump's press secretary no more. He resigned Friday.

It's been rumored that Spicer would be fired or reassigned — but his exit is now official.

The New York Times reports Spicer made the decision after Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. The previous communications director, Mike Dubke, quit in May. NBC reports Spicer had filled both roles since then.

As White House press secretary, Spicer often found himself responding to situations that made him ripe for criticism.

It started on Spicer's first full day on the job. After Trump's frustration with reports about the size of the inauguration crowd, Spicer made a fiery — and false — statement.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe," Spicer said. "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong."

And that led to the first of multiple "Saturday Night Live" parodies. According to Politico, Trump didn't like that Spicer was portrayed by a woman.

Spicer made headlines again after commenting on a chemical weapons attack attributed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," Spicer said.

Spicer later apologized and said he was "in no way ... trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust."

As of Friday morning, there was no word on what Spicer's next move would be.

Spicer previously served as communications director and chief strategist for the Republican National Committee.