White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Friday resigned following the appointment of financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
According to Politico, Scaramucci had the support of Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell and was opposed by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Spicer.
The appointment seems a major blow to Priebus. Priebus and Spicer are extremely close and had for years run the Republican National Committee together, with Priebus and its chief and Spicer as director of communications. President Trump has repeatedly expressed frustration with Priebus to associates, but has so far kept him on.
Scaramucci has served as a TV surrogate for Trump and has long backed the president. With Spicer’s departure, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was named White House press secretary.