Thursday 14 November 2019

Sarah Huckabee Sanders replaces Sean Spicer as Trump's new press secretary

Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is Donald Trump's new press secretary, the White House has announced.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned over the hiring of a new communications aide, according to AP sources.

Sanders is the daugher of former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee.

She managed her father’s presidential campaign in 2016 before joining Trump’s.

The announcement was made on Friday by the new White House communications director - New York financier Anthony Scaramucci.

A White House spokesman confirmed Sean Spicer (45) resigned on Friday, ending a brief, turbulent tenure that gained global notoriety, after President Donald Trump named adviser and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his top communications official.

Spicer's departure reflected turmoil within Trump's legal and communication teams amid a widening investigation into possible ties between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, a problem undermining the White House's policy agenda.

Parodied memorably on the Saturday Night Live sketch comedy show for his combative encounters with the White House press corps, Spicer became one of the Trump administration's most recognized figures after taking the job in December.

He was sometimes targeted by critics for what they said were false or misleading statements. In recent weeks, Spicer has less frequently taken the lectern in the White House press room.

Trump offered Scaramucci, a longtime supporter who has frequently appeared on television to defend him, the White House communications post.

He picked the Wall Street financier on Friday, a White House official said.

Currently at the Export-Import Bank, Scaramucci is expected to start his new job in August, the official said.

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The 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 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion with Trump's campaign.

The communications position has been vacant since Michael Dubke resigned in May as communications director.

Spicer had been serving a dual role as press secretary and communications director since Dubke left.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Scaramucci was interviewed by Trump on Friday morning and the job had been offered and accepted.

Scaramucci, a Republican fundraiser and founder of Skybridge Capital, was earlier offered the post of U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. Neither Donald Trump or Sean Spicer have yet to comment on the reports.

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