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Posted: July 21, 2017

Sean Spicer resigns, Sarah Huckabee Sanders named next White House press secretary

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What You Need To Know: Sean Spicer

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned from his post Friday morning, six months and one day after taking the position.

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In a message posted to Twitter Friday afternoon, Spicer said he will continue to serve as press secretary through August.

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“It's been an honor (and) a privilege to serve (President Donald Trump and) this amazing country,” he wrote.

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over his duties, newly named White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said at a news briefing Friday.

Spicer’s resignation came in opposition to Scaramucci’s appointment, The New York Times reported.


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Sean Spicer

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Sean Spicer

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks to reporters during an off-camera briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House July 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House has not held an on-camera briefing since June 29. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Who is Anthony Scaramucci, the new  White House communications director?

The White House announced Friday that Anthony Scaramucci, a longtime supporter of President Donald Trump, has been named White House communications director.

Soon after the announcement was made, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation.

Who is Scaramucci? Here’s a look at the new communications director.

Scaramucci, 53, is a Wall Street financier.

He has degrees from Tufts University and Harvard.

He was a Trump donor and member of his transition team.

Last month, he was named a senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

He began his career at Goldman Sachs.

He, along with Andrew Boszhardt, founded the investment firm Oscar Capital Management. They eventually sold the firm.

He funded another investment firm, SkyBridge Capital.

He hosted a show on “Wall Street Week,” and was a contributor to the Fox News Channel.

Scaramucci was to be appointed director of the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, but the appointment was held up by a review of his finances by the Office of Government Ethics. His appointment fell through.

He was the subject of a story by CNN that ended up costing the three journalists who worked on it their jobs. The story connected Scaramucci to an executive from a Kremlin-linked investment fun. The network apologized to Scaramucci. He accepted the apology.

He served as a fundraiser for President Barack Obama.

Scaramucci endorsed Scott Walker and then Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election before joining Trump’s campaign.

Scaramucci will replace Mike Dubke. Dubke resigned as communications director in May.

Sources: Politico; New York Times; Associated Press

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