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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns

Washington: Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday after telling President Trump that he strongly disagreed with his appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.

After offering Scaramucci the job on Friday morning, Trump asked Spicer to stay on as press secretary, reporting to Scaramucci. But Spicer rejected the offer, expressing his belief that Scaramucci's hiring would add to the confusion and uncertainty already there in the White House, reports the New York times, quoting two people with direct knowledge of the exchange.

Spicer's top deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will serve as press secretary instead.

"I think there's been, at times, a disconnect between the way we see the president and how much we love the president and the way some of you perhaps see the president," Scaramucci said during a news conference that began with his announcement of Sanders's new job.

"I certainly see the American people probably see the president the way I do," he added, contradicting a host of recent polls showing Trump's approval rating below 40 percent nationally. "But we want to get that message out there."

In a statement on Friday night, Trump said, "Anthony is a person I have great respect for."

"We have accomplished so much, and we are being given credit for so little," he said. "The good news is the people get it, even if the media doesn't."

In a tweet late Friday, Trump also called Spicer "a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media - but his future is bright!"