The White House communications staff were meeting in Spicer's office Friday morning, and applause was heard shortly before the Times report.
That's according to two people with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer today resigned from his post to protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to appoint NY financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director, a media report said today. Scaramucci is under consideration to join the Trump administration as communications director.
"Mooch", as he's known to friends, is a major Republican donor who supported Trump during the general election campaign - after fundraising during the primaries for Scott Walker and Jeb Bush.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer walks down the hallway during President Donald Trump's visit to the Pentagon, Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Spicer's daily press briefings had become must-see television until recent weeks when he took on a more behind-the-scenes role. He has emerged as one of the most ardent defenders of the Trump administration and has been rumored in the past to be up for a White House job.
Spicer faced a hard task at the White House, called on to defend and explain Trump's tweetstorms, while under the constant gaze of his boss, who at one point was said to have been unhappy with Spicer's wardrobe. Priebus dismissed those rumors, telling the AP that it's "all good here" in the White House.