Spicer resigns as White House press secretary; Sarah Sanders ann - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spicer resigns as White House press secretary; Sarah Sanders announced as replacement

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON -

The Latest on changes to the White House communications staff (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

New York financier Anthony Scaramucci has been formally named White House communications director and Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been promoted to press secretary in the Trump White House's latest shakeup.

Trump says in a statement read by Sanders that he's "grateful" for departing press secretary Sean Spicer's "work on behalf of my administration and the American people."

He adds: "just look at his great television ratings!"

Scaramucci also is addressing reporters at the White House. He calls Spicer "a true American patriot" and says he hopes Spicer "goes on to make a tremendous amount of money."

___

2 p.m.

Outgoing press Secretary Sean Spicer says that he chose to resign from his position to give incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci a fresh start.

Spicer says during a brief phone conversation with The Associated Press following his announced departure that, "we're at the point where" the president "could benefit from a clean slate."

He says he felt it would be best for Scaramucci to be able to build his own operation "and chart a new way forward."

Spicer is also complimenting Scaramucci, a New York financier and frequent defender of the president who was a staple at Trump Tower during the president's transition.

Spicer says of Scaramucci's hiring: "It'll be great, he's a tough guy."

___

1:50 p.m.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says it's been "an honor" and "privilege" to serve President Donald Trump and the country.

Spicer resigned Friday in protest over the hiring of a new White House communications director.

He says in a tweet that he will continue his service through August.

One person with knowledge of the situation said Spicer objected to the hiring of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci's lack of qualifications for the communications role. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

___

1 p.m.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be conducting an on-camera briefing on Friday afternoon, following White House press secretary Sean Spicer's resignation.

Spicer announced his departure after President Donald Trump hired a new White House communications director, ending his rocky six-month tenure as Trump's top spokesman.

Sanders has been handling most of the briefing duties in recent weeks, and most briefings have been off-camera. The last on-camera White House briefing was held on June 29.

___

12:35 p.m.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus says he supports incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci "100 percent."

His comments come moments after White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned over Scaramucci's hiring.

Priebus and Spicer spent years working closely together at the Republican National Committee. Priebus has also reportedly opposed hiring Scaramucci for various administration positions.

Priebus told The Associated Press that he and Scaramucci are "very good friends." He says it's "all good here" at the White House.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
    
One of those people said Spicer is quitting because of objections over the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci.
    
The people with knowledge of the decision insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane family's service dog finds bag of mysterious substance in yard

    Spokane family's service dog finds bag of mysterious substance in yard

    Sunday, October 22 2017 8:48 PM EDT2017-10-23 00:48:47 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane family has a message for the community: “Check your yards.” That’s because on Saturday morning, they discovered something pretty disturbing in their backyard. This happened near Chief Garry Park.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane family has a message for the community: “Check your yards.” That’s because on Saturday morning, they discovered something pretty disturbing in their backyard. This happened near Chief Garry Park.

    >>
  • University of Montana football player arrested for allegedly beating WSU student

    University of Montana football player arrested for allegedly beating WSU student

    Monday, October 23 2017 8:09 PM EDT2017-10-24 00:09:58 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - A University of Montana football player was arrested for allegedly beating a Washington State University student in Pullman on Saturday morning Pullman police responded to a fight shortly after midnight on Saturday on Stadium Way. Officers found a 23-year-old man unresponsive and suffering from head injuries. Witnesses told police the man had been beaten by a group of men.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - A University of Montana football player was arrested for allegedly beating a Washington State University student in Pullman on Saturday morning Pullman police responded to a fight shortly after midnight on Saturday on Stadium Way. Officers found a 23-year-old man unresponsive and suffering from head injuries. Witnesses told police the man had been beaten by a group of men.

    >>
  • Pennsylvania students miss school after teacher posts 'I'm buying a gun'

    Pennsylvania students miss school after teacher posts 'I'm buying a gun'

    Monday, October 23 2017 11:17 AM EDT2017-10-23 15:17:15 GMT

    BRENTWOOD, Pa. - A suburban Pittsburgh school district says a teacher's Facebook post about "buying a gun" caused parents to keep about 60 students home from school or pick them up early from an elementary school Friday. KDKA reports students at Moore Elementary in the Brentwood School District were also kept inside and borough police were notified. 

    >>

    BRENTWOOD, Pa. - A suburban Pittsburgh school district says a teacher's Facebook post about "buying a gun" caused parents to keep about 60 students home from school or pick them up early from an elementary school Friday. KDKA reports students at Moore Elementary in the Brentwood School District were also kept inside and borough police were notified. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Stephen Hawking's Ph.D thesis goes online, website crashes

    Stephen Hawking's Ph.D thesis goes online, website crashes

    Tuesday, October 24 2017 1:43 AM EDT2017-10-24 05:43:14 GMT

    LONDON (AP) - Cambridge University has put Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis online, triggering such interest that it crashed the university's website. Completed in 1966 when Hawking was 24, "Properties of Expanding Universes" explores ideas about the origins of the universe that have resonated through the scientist's career.

    >>

    LONDON (AP) - Cambridge University has put Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis online, triggering such interest that it crashed the university's website. Completed in 1966 when Hawking was 24, "Properties of Expanding Universes" explores ideas about the origins of the universe that have resonated through the scientist's career.

    >>
  • Australian kayaker tells of being tossed into air by shark

    Australian kayaker tells of being tossed into air by shark

    Tuesday, October 24 2017 1:35 AM EDT2017-10-24 05:35:29 GMT

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) - A 15-year-year-old girl has told how she survived being tossed from a kayak by a great white shark off the Australian coast. The 4.5-meter (15-foot) shark struck Sarah Williams' kayak from beneath on Sunday off the coast near Normanville in South Australia state. She told Nine Network television on Monday the attack was "everything you picture in the 'Jaws' movie."

    >>

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) - A 15-year-year-old girl has told how she survived being tossed from a kayak by a great white shark off the Australian coast. The 4.5-meter (15-foot) shark struck Sarah Williams' kayak from beneath on Sunday off the coast near Normanville in South Australia state. She told Nine Network television on Monday the attack was "everything you picture in the 'Jaws' movie."

    >>
  • Property owner considers fighting vandalism with art

    Property owner considers fighting vandalism with art

    Tuesday, October 24 2017 12:59 AM EDT2017-10-24 04:59:59 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One property owner is at his wit’s end as his building is vandalized again. Don Parkins is one of the owners of the Bluz at the Bend building. He says over the course of a weekend, people had tagged his building. But this isn’t the only thing he’s been dealing with – someone’s been dumping trash in his parking lot. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One property owner is at his wit’s end as his building is vandalized again. Don Parkins is one of the owners of the Bluz at the Bend building. He says over the course of a weekend, people had tagged his building. But this isn’t the only thing he’s been dealing with – someone’s been dumping trash in his parking lot. 

    >>