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Sean Spicer resigns, will continue as press secretary through August

FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, White House press secretary Sean Spicer gestures while speaking to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The AP reported on June 9, 2017, that a story claiming Spicer told reporters President Donald Trump has the power to change the way English words are spelled is a hoax. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday tweeting "It's been an honor and a privilege to serve."

He stated he will continue in his post "through August."

Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over in his stead.

Anthony Scaramucci, a long-time Trump surrogate and wealthy financier, appears to be President Donald Trump's pick for the new White House communications director. The Associated Press reports Spicer resigned over hiring of the new communications aide.

The people with knowledge of the decision insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

CNN sources suggest Spicer was "upset" about the move but has promised to help with the transition.

The Washington Post believes Scaramucci will be offered the position Friday, according to an unnamed source.

Scaramucci is a frequent defender of the president on television and was a fixture at Trump Tower during Trump's transition.


Spicer, from his first press briefing following the president's inauguration, maintained a contentious relationship with the media. In recent weeks, the White House has barred cameras from recording the press briefings while also turning to deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to lead the meetings more often.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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