Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer wants to minimize talk of divisions within the Trump administration after announcing his resignation.
Sean Spicer is reportedly stepping down because he is unhappy with President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new communications director.
However, he told Fox News he had “no regrets” about his six-month stint.
Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role that Sean Spicer had partially filled.
The shake-up at the White House comes amid several investigations into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election and whether Donald Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow.
“I just thought it was in the best interest of our communications department, of our press organization, to not have too many cooks in the kitchen.
“Without me in the way, they have a fresh start, so that I’m not lurking over them.”
Sean Spicer, 45, defended President Trump’s agenda, saying it was an honor and a privilege to serve him, and hit out at what he termed “media bias”.
He said: “I was increasingly disappointed about the way the media here do their job – or don’t do their job.”
Sean Spicer also said he had told President Trump he “would stay on for a few weeks to achieve a smooth transition”, and was looking forward to spending more time with his family.
Meanwhile, President Trump wrote on Twitter: “Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media – but his future is bright!”
The New York Times reported that Sean Spicer had “vehemently” disagreed with the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, which he believed to be a “major mistake”.
Sean Spicer’s often chaotic press briefings over the past six months were a cable news hit, but in recent weeks he had withdrawn from appearances in front of the camera.
In an assured debut, Sean Spicer attended Friday afternoon’s news conference to announce that Sarah Huckabee Sanders, formerly his deputy, would step into his shoes.
“I love the president and it’s an honor to be here,” Anthony Scaramucci said, adding: “He is genuinely a wonderful human being.”
Anthony Scaramucci, who has no previous experience in communications roles, paid tribute to Sean Spicer as “a true American patriot” and “incredibly gracious”.
“I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money,” he added.
Anthony Scaramucci also apologized and said he had been “unexperienced” as he explained his previous criticism of Donald Trump.
In an August 2015 interview with Fox Business, Anthony Scaramucci dismissed Donald Trump as a “hack” and “an inherited money dude” with “a big mouth”.
Anthony Scaramucci is currently senior vice-president of the Export-Import Bank, a government agency which guarantees loans for foreign buyers of American exports.