United States President Donald Trump has carried out the first major reorganization of his White House staff. This change, which comes at a time when Trump and a few of his close associates are being targeted by various investigations, has prompted the immediate resignation of Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the controversial spokesperson for the Trump administration.
Spicer tendered his resignation at the moment Trump announced his intention of hiring billionaire investment banker Anthony Scaramucci, a colorful figure in Wall Street circles, to the White House press office. Trump is not known to be subtle nor strategic, which is probably why Spicer resigned: the former Press Secretary correctly sensed that he would be taking orders from Scaramucci, and thus Spicer’s resignation suggests that he was standing up for himself and reacting to the disapprovals he received more than once from Trump.
According to a recent report published by the Washington Post, Trump’s immediate reaction to Spicer’s resignation involved surprise and disappointment; however, a statement by the White House wished Spicer well and even mentioned that he would find success thanks to his high television ratings. Spicer will actually remain in the White House until August, but he will work in the background while Scaramucci transitions into the role of Press Secretary.
Although Scaramucci is a fixture of CNBC and Bloomberg television broadcasts, he has no background in politics or media relations. As early as 2015, Scaramucci was fiercely critical of Trump, but that sentiment quickly changed once it became clear that Trump’s populism was severely underestimated. Scaramucci is part of a small Wall Street contingent that supports the Republican party; he is a former Goldman Sachs employee who worked at the firm along with White House staffers Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, two names that political analysts have mentioned as potentially being next on Trump’s reorganization list.
In the first White House press briefing without Spicer, many journalists stated that he will be missed. His comical outbursts and monumental gaffes belied his affable nature; he seemed to be stuck in a film where a bumbling character with a good heart has a hard time trying to make it through life. Such movies need a happy ending, and perhaps Spicer will soon be a very popular personality on Fox News.