President Donald Trump praised outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Twitter Friday, while griping that he endured “tremendous abuse” from news outlets.
“Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media – but his future is bright!” the president said in a social media post late Friday.
The message came just two hours following the White House’s official announcement that the president had accepted Spicer’s resignation, a move that caused a big shake-up for the White House press team. The Trump administration also announced on Friday that Anthony Scaramucci, a former Wall Street financier and occasional TV analyst, would take over the vacant communications director role, and that deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would take over for Spicer, though he will stay on in the White House through August.
In multiple White House statements Friday Trump praised Spicer’s “great television ratings,” despite Spicer not delivering an on-camera briefing since June 20. The lack of screen time has been a growing point of contention among the White House press corps.