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Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders takes over

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team Washington, DC, United States Jul 21, 2017, 04.28 PM (IST)

Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary on Friday after the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as director of communications.

"I'm grateful for Sean's work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings," Trump said in a statement read by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The President had asked Spicer to stay on, according to The New York Times but he resigned.

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was named new White House press secretary. Anthony Scaramucci made the formal announcement to reporters.

The White House had been without a communications director since May when Mike Dubke resigned from the role. Spicer had been serving as both press secretary and communications director.

Jonathan Karl, the chief White House correspondent for ABC News, tweeted that when he went to ask Spicer a question about Mr Scaramucci, the press secretary "slammed the door" in his face.

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