Spicer resigns as W.H. Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to replace him

Sarah Huckabee Sanders named Press Secretary
Sean Spicer has resigned as W.H. Press Secretary
Posted at 12:09 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 16:26:12-04

UPDATE | During Friday's White House Press Briefing, Anthony Scaramucci announced Sarah Huckabee Sanders as the new White House Press Secretary, following the resignation of Sean Spicer. 

ORIGINAL STORY | Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, ABC News has confirmed.

Senior White House sources confirmed the move to ABC News, who noted that President Donald Trump did not ask for Spicer's resignation.

Sean Spicer tweeted on Friday he would continue his service through August. 



This comes shortly after it was reported that Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier, was named as the new White House communications director.

Spicer has spent much less time in the briefing room in recent weeks, with principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders handling more of the daily briefings.

Sanders is going to brief the press this afternoon. The briefing will be on camera for the first time in three weeks.

Spicer did brief the press off camera on Monday of this week, and that was his first time doing so in three weeks.

Spicer, 45, worked as the communications director for the Republican National Committee before being named as Trump's press secretary during the transition.

His tenure got off to a rocky start when he made his first appearance in the White House briefing room the day after Trump took office and read a statement to the press about the size of the crowd at the inauguration.

The resignation comes the day after the Trump administration marked its first six months in office.