Sarah Huckabee Sanders appointed Donald Trump's press secretary after resignation of Sean Spicer

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been appointed as the White House’s press secretary after the resignation of Sean Spicer.

The former deputy secretary will take over the role from Mr Spicer, who resigned on Friday after six months in the job.

He resigned after telling US President Donald Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, according to the New York Times.

Mr Trump offered Mr Scaramucci the job at 10am on Friday morning.

Sean Spicer resigned from the role on Friday (Getty Images)

Mr Scaramucci confirmed Ms Sanders would be taking over the role in a press conference.

Ms Sanders has largely taken over the White House’s press briefings as Mr Spicer took more of a behind the scenes role in recent months.

Mr Spicer spent several years leading communications at the Republican National Committee (RNC) before helping Mr Trump’s campaign in the presidential election.

He is close to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the former RNC chairman, and several of the lower-ranking aides in the White House communications department.

Mr Scaramucci is expected to play a visible role as one of Mr Trump’s defenders on television as communications director.

But Mr Spicer and other officials questioned his hiring as communications director ahead of the president’s push to overhaul the tax system and other policy issues.

One of the officials said Mr Spicer objected to Mr Trump’s vision for the future of the press operation.

On Mr Trump’s first full day in office, Mr Spicer lambasted journalists over coverage of the crowd size at the inauguration and stormed out of the briefing room without answering questions.

His fiery demeanour and tense on-camera exchanges were mocked on Saturday Night Live, with the role of Mr Spicer being played by actress Melissa McCarthy.


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