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Sarah Sanders named new White House press secretary

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC on July 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been named as the new White House press secretary following the resignation of Sean Spicer barely six months after US President Trump had given him the post.

Spicer stepped down Friday after Trump had named Anthony Scaramucci (pictured below) his new communications director, a decision Spicer strongly disapproved of.

The formal announcement about Sanders’s appointment was made by Scaramucci, who is a Wall Street financier and longtime supporter of the billionaire investor-turned-president.

"I'm grateful for Sean's work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings," Sanders read a statement from Trump at a press briefing Friday afternoon.

Sanders, who previously served as deputy press secretary, is the daughter of former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

She also served as field director for her father's 2002 gubernatorial reelection campaign. In addition, she was the national political director for his 2008 presidential campaign and was the head of his 2016 presidential bid.

After Huckabee withdrew from the Republican primary race in February 2016, Sanders signed on as a senior adviser to the Trump campaign.

She then became a frequent spokesperson for the president and has served as the principal deputy press secretary at the White House since January.

 File photo dated June 6, 2017 shows White House spokesman Sean Spicer giving the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

She has also recently shared press briefing responsibilities with Spicer, whose resignation could point to more changes coming at the White House.

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This came as the Trump administration is facing investigations over Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 US presidential election.

The US intelligence community has raised alarm about Russia's cyberattacks, describing them as a "major threat" to the US voting system, and continues to brief the president about the issue.

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