(National Sentinel) West Wing: After a tumultuous — and sometimes comical — six months as White House spokesman, former RNC official Sean Spicer is out of a job, replaced Friday morning by a vocal defender of President Donald J. Trump, Antony Scaramucci.
As reported by The New York Times, Spicer was offered a position subordinate to Scaramucci, but flatly refused it:
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to [a] person with direct knowledge of the exchange.
Mr. Scaramucci, who founded the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital and is a Fox News Channel contributor, is known for his spirited on-air defense of Mr. Trump, but he also enjoys good relationships with journalists from an array of outlets, including those the president has labeled “fake news.”
His rumored departure has been one of the longest-running internal sagas in an administration brimming with dissension and intrigue. A former Republican National Committee spokesman and strategist, Mr. Spicer was a frequent target of the president’s ire — and correctives — during the first few months of the administration.
Spicer’s departure is also a blow to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who brought him in.
“The appointment of Mr. Scaramucci, a favorite of Mr. Trump’s earliest campaign supporters, was backed by the president’s daughter Ivanka, his son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross,” the Times noted.
Are more departures on the way — like, perhaps, Attorney General Jeff Sessions? Or maybe Trump’s one-time top advisor Steve Bannon? Time will tell.