>> Of course I have regrets.>> White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigning his post in the Trump Administration Friday. Tweeting shortly after the news leaked, quote, it's been an honor and a privilege to serve President Trump and this amazing country. I will continue my service through August.
The surprise exit comes as Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci takes over as White House communications director, a job left vacant by Michael Dubke who resigned in May. Spicer had been acting director since. In his first press briefing on Friday, Scaramucci announcing that Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over Spicer's role.
Reuters White House Correspondent, Jeff Mason, was at the briefing.>> Well, it was very abrupt, the resignation of Sean Spicer came just shortly after news broke that Anthony Scaramucci was being hired to be the new communications director. And Sean, I think, had expected that he would be moving into a role similar to that.
And then apparently decided that it was appropriate for him to sort of clear the field for Anthony and to step down.>> The departure reflecting tension within Trump's legal and communication teams, as the investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia heats up. It also reveals clear turmoil between Spicer and Scaramucci, who is a former Trump transition official.
A Republican close to the White House saying that after Scaramucci's hiring news leaked, Spicer met with Trump in the Oval Office and, quote, gave an ultimatum that it was, quote, him or me. The officials saying when Trump wouldn't budge, Spicer resigned. His resignation ends a brief but turbulent tenure for the man who spoke on behalf of President Trump for roughly six and a half months.
He became a household name with the help of Melissa McCarthy's memorable portrayal of Spicer on Saturday Night Live, even taking to the New York City streets on a moving podium.>> We all make mistakes.>> Spicer's also known for multiple gaffes, dating back to his very first day on the job when he misrepresented the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration.
>> This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.>> An official telling Reuters, Scarmucci will start his job in August.>>