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Sean Spicer Confirms Resignation: What Made the Former Press Secretary Quit?
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23 Jul 2017 05:17 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Sean Spicer (Image Source: Public Domain)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed his resignation on Friday, July 21. He followed up with a tweet that it's "been an honor and a privilege to serve" under President Donald Trump. Spicer confirmed that he will step down from his role in August.

Sean Spicer's resignation was announced hours after it was reported that Trump offered the role to Anthony Scaramucci the new role of communications director. The New York Times reported that Spicer was "upset" and "vehemently disagreed" with the appointment of the former Wall Street financier. Trump reportedly wanted Spicer to continue his role, but he declined.

According to The Associated Press, Spicer considered his resignation. He believed that the White House "could benefit from a clean slate." There has been speculation as to why Spicer left his position as White House press secretary. Spicer's resignation has been planned for months. He's received the bulk of the criticism from Trump, his administration, and the media. Spicer has also become a running joke on Saturday Night Live thanks to Melissa McCarthy.

Here are some reasons why Spicer didn't get along with Trump and the White House:

Last month, White House chief political strategist Stephen Bannon body-shamed Spicer. He was asked by The Atlantic as to why the White House press briefings were suddenly held off-camera. He simply stated: "Sean got fatter." Bannon was only joking, but Spicer was not happy with his remarks. Though it was never publicly confirmed, it was speculated that he didn't like being the center of jokes.

Trump didn't like how Spicer dressed. He didn't like his suits. In January, shortly after the inauguration, Axiosreported that Trump asked if Spicer owned "a dark suit." Trump is clearly obsessed with his image. He's the type of guy who has several of his portraits and magazines covers – some fake – at his golf clubs across the country. That report surfaced when Spicer addressed the size of Trump's inauguration crowd compared to President Barack Obama's. That comment about Spicer's appearance didn't sit well with him.

Trump also didn't like McCarthy's impression of Spicer. He didn't like the idea of a woman playing the press secretary.

"Trump didn't like his people to look weak," an unnamed source told Politico back in February.

Spicer was taken aback by James Comey's firing back in May. He and his communications staff were reportedly told until the day of that Trump decided to fire the former FBI director on May 9, The New York Times reported. He didn't trust his staff. He feared that a leak would surface.

Trump's administration scrambled on how to address Comey's firing, including Trump's reason for doing so. Trump later told NBC News that he was planning to fire Comey no matter what. The Washington Post reported that Spicer wanted to make the announcement, but shouted it to the reporters from outside his house.

That didn't stop the leaks from the White House to trickle to the media. There were also leaks from some of Trump's top advisers. There were reports that Trump regretted his decision to hire Spicer as his press secretary, CNN reported. An inside source told the cable outlet that Trump blamed White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus for "vouching" for Spicer. The source revealed that Trump "regrets it every day and blames Priebus."

Trump has blasted the leaks. He claims that it's nothing but fake news. He hasn't held back on his feelings towards CNN. He tweeted a clip of himself body-slamming a person with CNN emblazoned on his head. Trump stated that reports from unnamed sources are just gossip and fake news. Trump hasn't said much about Spicer's resignation. He just restated his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

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Date: 24 July, 2017
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