Donald Trump picks Sean Spicer for White House press secretary

Sean Spicer at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

Sean Spicer at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

PALM BEACH — President-elect Donald Trump today named Sean Spicer, the chief strategist and communications director for the Republican National Committee, as White House press secretary.


Spicer has been one of Trump’s most visible surrogates for months, both during the campaign and in Trump’s transition.


Spicer is the second high-profile RNC figure to be tapped for a top White House post by Trump, the part-time Palm Beach resident who began his campaign running against the GOP establishment. Trump last month named RNC Chairman Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.


Spicer will be part of a communications team that also includes Hope Hicks as director of strategic communications, Jason Miller as director of communications and Dan Scavino as director of social media. Spicer, Hicks, Miller and Scavino all have the title of “assistant to the president.”


In announcing the appointments, Trump said: “Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition. I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again.”


On Twitter, Spicer said: “Thank you @realDonaldTrump for this amazing honor.  Excited to join Hope Hicks @DanScavino @JasonMillerinDC.”





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