By Agence France-Presse
Sean Spicer, who resigned Friday after a stormy six months as White House press secretary, was tapped to be Donald Trump’s spokesman though he was not a member of the president’s internal circle.
Spicer, 45, turned the general public face of the White House after years of working as a Republican Party insider alongside Reince Priebus, one other celebration stalwart who turned Trump’s chief of employees.
Spicer’s short-lived tenure as White House spokesman was marked by annoyance from the president over what he perceived as blanket unfavorable media protection of his fledgling administration.
It additionally noticed more and more antagonistic relations between the White House and the press corps assigned to cowl the president.
His very first White House briefing set the tone as a combative Spicer accused the media of underestimating the dimensions of the group at Trump’s inauguration the day prior to this.
Spicer then stormed off and refused to take any questions.
As Trump’s spokesman, Spicer confronted the added problem of representing a president with a penchant for taking to Twitter to get his views throughout himself.
Spicer’s time on the White House will doubtless be remembered for Melissa McCarthy’s savage impression of him on comedy sketch present “Saturday Night Live.”
Rumors of Spicer’s departure have swirled across the White House for weeks since his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, started recurrently standing in for him on the each day briefings with the press.
According to a White House official, Spicer resigned after Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci to be the brand new communications director — over the objections of Spicer and his ally Priebus.
Spicer was named communications director for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in February 2011 and added the title of RNC chief strategist in 2015.
The Republican Party web site credit him with engineering a “dramatic turnaround” on the RNC “at a time when it was deep in debt and had a badly tarnished brand.”
Before becoming a member of the RNC, Spicer served as assistant US commerce consultant for media below president George W. Bush and communications director for the House Republican Conference.
A local of New York, Spicer grew up in Rhode Island. He attended Connecticut College and earned a grasp’s diploma from the Naval War College.
Spicer holds the rank of commander within the US Navy Reserve.
“It’s been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS @realDonaldTrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August,” Spicer tweeted. (AFP)
It’s been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS @actualDonaldTrump & this wonderful nation. I’ll proceed my service by way of August
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) July 21, 2017