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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday in a West Wing shakeup.

Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci is joining the White House as communications director. 

Spicer's departure comes amid reports that he vehemently disagreed with the decision to hire Scaramucci for the role.

Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts said Scaramucci met with President Trump at 10:00am ET this morning and was offered the top communications role.

Spicer, apparently objecting to the move, then tendered his resignation.

"We did know that this was going to provoke a palace intrigue battle," said Roberts.

Roberts said chief strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus - who brought Spicer onboard - were not consulted on the decision by the president to hire Scaramucci.

Roberts said Scaramucci wanted to have a "direct line" to the president, preferring not to report to Spicer in a restructured communications department.  

Roberts explained that in previous White Houses the press secretary and communications director were parallel roles, but the communications director was seen as a more senior aide.

Mike Dubke resigned from the communications director position in May.

Roberts said Trump liked the way Scaramucci handled a false CNN report linking him to a Russian investor. CNN later retracted the story about Scaramucci and the reporters behind it resigned.

Watch the report above.


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