White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned late last week, after a decision from Trump to hire new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. Despite announcing his resignation on July 21, Spicer will remain in office until sometime in August, when the Trump administration will officially replace him with another party. It wasn’t immediately clear exactly who will replace Spicer in his role.
Spicer tweeted in respect for his time in office, saying that it had been an “honor” to serve the country.
“It’s been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS @realDonaldTrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August”
Despite his official role, Spicer himself hasn’t attended a press briefing since the third week in June. Instead, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took over, hosting private briefings rather than allowing members of the press free and equal access.
The change comes at an auspicious time for the Trump administration — given the POTUS’s dissatisfaction with the White House communications team and their ability to handle negative and/or false news. This includes many articles and reports on the investigation into Russian interference as well as other “fake news” topics.
Some Trump administration officials are reporting that the resignation comes only after Trump himself claimed that Spicer lost his ability to fight with the press, and was “beaten into submission.” Spicer occasionally countered this, claiming that his lack of attendance at briefings was a result of Trump’s desire to speak for himself rather than inadequacy.
Oddly, Trump’s public response to the resignation was rather uplifting and positive. He tweeted that Spicer was “…a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media,” adding that “…his future is bright!”
Spicer’s time in office was, admittedly, riddled with questionable comments and humor-inducing moments. He broke federal rules by releasing jobs report numbers within an hour of their release. He argued with reporters. He clarified that there was “no damned way” he was hiding in the bushes; he was among them instead. And bewilderingly, he even claimed that Hitler never used chemical weapons.
Though Spicer’s illustrious time in office seemed questionable, it did leave America with something: a damned good comedy bit. Spicer’s time in office led to multiple memes, continuous jokes, and even an SNL skit. Some would say that’s how you know you’ve made an impact in today’s celebrity soaked world.