Known for his turbulent exchanges with media, White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigns

WASHINGTON, D.C. , UNITED STATES (FILE – JUNE 22, 2017) ( RESTRICTED POOL) – White House spokesman Sean Spicer ended a brief, turbulent tenure on Friday (July 21) by resigning, a White House official said.

Parodied memorably on the Saturday Night Live sketch comedy show for his combative encounters with the White House press corps, Spicer became one of President Donald Trump administration’s most recognized figures after taking the job in December.

Spicer’s departure reflected turmoil within Trump’s legal and communication teams amid a widening investigation into possible ties between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, a problem undermining the White House’s policy agenda.

The resignation came after Trump named adviser and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, a longtime supporter who has frequently appeared on television to defend him, the White House communications post.