Trump’s hiring of Wall Street Financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director appears to have been the final straw for Spicer.
Sean Spicer – the embattled and heavily lampooned White House Press Secretary – has resigned.
According to reports, Spicer decided to resign after Donald Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci – a former Goldman Sachs banker – as the new White House Communications Director.
Spicer reportedly told Trump he “vehemently disagreed” with the hiring of Scaramucci, and called it “a major mistake.”
Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Sean Spicer reportedly opposed the hiring of Scaramaucci, but were overruled by Trump. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner supported the hiring of Scaramucci.
Spicer is a close ally of Priebus, and the hiring of Scaramucci represented a big blow to both Priebus’ and Spicer’s authority. According to Axios, Priebus wasn’t even notified of the decision until after it took place.
Wall Street career
Scaramucci is a longtime member of the Wall Street crowd, having worked for the globalist bank Goldman Sachs, and later founded the SkyBridge Capital hedge fund. In 2016 he was named Wall Streeter of the Year by Yahoo Finance. Scaramucci has sold his stake in the hedge fund in anticipation of a White House position.
Scaramucci was targeted by CNN, who reported that he was being investigated for a meeting with the leader of a Russian investment fund. CNN had to retract the story, and ended up firing three reporters after facing a massive potential lawsuit.
Trump wanted Spicer to stay on
As Scarmucci prepares to take over the comms role, there are reports that Trump wanted to put Scaramucci on TV while giving him the Communciations Director title, but have Spicer do most of the communications work and press secretary work behind the scenes. Spicer rejected that offer and resigned instead.
New York outsider replaces Washington insider
While the New York-born Scaramucci is a member of the American financial elite, he is not a Washington insider. With Spicer out and Scaramucci in, a New York outsider has replaced a Washington insider – a clear analogy to Trump’s campaign.
The move is also a sign that Trump is closing ranks in the White House, rewarding loyalists while pushing away the Washington D.C. Republican establishment.