Waters Thinks Sean Spicer Resigning Was A Gutsy Move- Compared To Sessions

Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters responded to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s resignation Friday morning with a tweet ridiculing the attorney general, The Hill reported.

“Congratulations, Sean Spicer. You’ve got more guts than Jeff Sessions!” the California lawmaker wrote. She was referring to Sessions’ refusal to step down, despite his controversial Russian connections and President Trump’s apparent lack of confidence in him.

Trump has replaced Spicer with Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, rather than deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The president asked Spicer to remain on the job, but the spokesman insisted on leaving at the end of August. Spicer warned Trump to not hire Scaramucci, according to The New York Times.

“It’s been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS @realDonaldTrump & this amazing country,” Spicer tweeted. “I will continue my service through August."

The outgoing spokesman explained to The Washington Post that he is delaying his departure for several weeks to aid in the transition to Scaramucci. In the meantime, Spicer pledged to “continue to advance the president’s agenda.”

Before joining the Trump campaign, Spicer was a spokesman and strategist for the Republican National Committee. One of his co-workers was RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who is now the White House chief of staff. There are rumors that Priebus will soon leave the administration, as well. He told The Associated Press he was “100 percent” in favor of Scaramucci succeeding Spicer. Priebus said he and the new spokesman are “good friends” and that “it’s all good here” in the West Wing.

However, multiple media outlets have reported that the White House is in crisis mode as staffers deal with the growing Russian scandal. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election. Several Trump associates, including then-Sen. Sessions, had contacts with Russian government officials.

On Wednesday, the president blasted Sessions for recusing himself from the department’s probe. Trump declared that if he had known his attorney general would make such a decision, he would not have picked him as attorney general. In spite of the remark, Sessions insisted that he has no plans to resign. He said he recused himself because of his two conversations last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. Trump told reporters he did not intend to fire Sessions, at least for the time being.

Spicer will leave his high-profile job with a damaged reputation, due to the intense scrutiny some of his public statements elicited. The Hill pointed out that the spokesman’s daily press conferences at the White House earned impressive television ratings, and that Melissa McCarthy lampooned him on “Saturday Night Live.” Spicer often clashed with reporters. He told them at his first media briefing that the administration and the press would not always agree on the “facts.” More recently, he came under fire for calling Nazi concentration camps “Holocaust centers” and incredulously claiming that Adolf Hitler did not “gas his own people.”

The deputy press secretary has been more visible at the daily briefings during the past few months, with Spicer devoting more time to his responsibilities as White House communications director.

Source: The Hill
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