Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

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By KEN THOMAS and JULIE PACE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Outgoing press Secretary Sean Spicer says that he chose to resign from his position to give incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci a fresh start.
    
Spicer says during a brief phone conversation with The Associated Press following his announced departure that, "we're at the point where" the president "could benefit from a clean slate."
    
He says he felt it would be best for Scaramucci to be able to build his own operation "and chart a new way forward."
    
Spicer is also complimenting Scaramucci, a New York financier and frequent defender of the president who was a staple at Trump Tower during the president's transition.
    
Spicer says of Scaramucci's hiring: "It'll be great, he's a tough guy.".

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