White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned on Friday after President Donald Trump's appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
The backstory appears to be that Trump wanted to give someone he likes and enjoys watching on television a prominent-sounding job — even though he doesn’t have any experience with the job’s actual duties and won’t even be expected to carry many of them out.
That someone is Anthony Scaramucci, the former hedge fund financier who has no experience working in press or PR but was named White House communications director on Friday. Spicer strongly argued against giving Scaramucci that job and decided to resign when Trump gave it to him anyway, according to multiple new reports.
In an interview that aired Friday night on Hannity, when asked about his sudden resignation announcement, Spicer explained that though Trump didn't want him to leave, the two eventually came to an agreement on what would be best for the administration.
"He's been very gracious throughout this process. He wanted to bring some new folks in to help rev up the communications operation," Spicer said of Trump.
Unlike the press secretary, who is a public spokesperson and generally tasked with responding to urgent day-to-day queries, the communications director is supposed to focus on the bigger picture and the longer term. He or she is supposed to try and shape the larger narrative of what the administration is doing, and organize what’s essentially a PR campaign to that effect.