White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned after opposing President Donald Trump‘s appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, NBC News has confirmed with two people familiar with the matter.
The president asked Spicer to stay in his role, but Spicer said appointing Scaramucci was a major mistake, the Times reported, citing a person with direct knowledge of the conversation.
Spicer’s departure comes six months into the Trump administration. His daily press briefings, often featuring tense exchanges with reporters, were frequently carried live on multiple networks.
Scaramucci is a former hedge fund star. He is well-known as the host of the annual SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference and is currently the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s senior vice president.
Earlier, a source close to the White House told NBC that Scaramucci met with Trump and it went well. In the meeting, Scaramucci was offered the role of communications director and accepted it, according to multiple reports.
When NBC asked its source whether Trump would change his mind, the person said the president’s mind is made up.
Sources both within and outside the White House told NBC that Bannon told Scaramucci that he would get the job “over my dead body.”
This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.
-CNBC’s Nyshka Chandran contributed to this report.