Trump Hires Anthony Scaramucci As Comms Director

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President Donald Trump has appointed Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, several news outlets reported on Friday.

Scaramucci, a former adviser to Trump’s transition team, had often publicly defended the President as a surrogate before he was offered formal role on the White House staff.

With Scaramucci’s hire, Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, reportedly over objections to Scaramucci’s appointment.

The news that Scaramucci is expected to be named to the communications role was first reported by Axios Thursday night. NBC News later reported that Scaramucci’s hiring is expected to be announced Friday, citing an unnamed White House official. However, Reuters reported that while Scaramucci has been interviewed for the job, he has not yet been offered the position, citing an anonymous senior White House Official.

The role of communications director has been vacant since Michael Dubke resigned from the post in late May. Spicer had been handling the communications director’s duties in the meantime.

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