Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a final farewell to the press on the day he officially departs the White House, saying he was "proud" to work with "each and every one of you."
The former White House press secretary sent out an email to reporters on Thursday in order to "sign off" for "a final time."
Spicer announced his resignation as press secretary in mid-July after Anthony Scaramucci was hired as the communications director — a move he opposed. Spicer had also been working as acting communications director.
Scaramucci was removed from his post a week and a half later, but Spicer said his departure would not change. Sarah Sanders, who had been working as deputy press secretary, has since taken over as press secretary; Hope Hicks has become interim communications director.
Spicer left no hint of animosity in his email, saying that, "walking into the White House every day is a privilege that few in our country experienced and I am grateful for it."
Spicer, who had made the transition into the Trump cause from the Republican National Committee, had been a staunch defender of Trump's since the inauguration.
"It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the President and the American people as the White House press secretary," Spicer said in his email.
Spicer often clashed with members of the media during press briefings on a number of issues, including Trump's claims about the crowd size at his inauguration. Spicer's aggressive performance as press secretary became something of a running joke after "Saturday Night Live" ran a number of sketches about Spicer, who was portrayed by Melissa McCarthy.
Still, Spicer offered his thanks to members of the press in his farewell note.
"As I sign off this email address for a final time, I want to say thanks. I am proud to have worked with each and every one of you," he said.
Former press secretary Sean Spicer sends farewell email to White House press: "It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the President." pic.twitter.com/Yn7UmiFMHW— Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte) August 31, 2017
According to a CNN report, Thursday is his last official day, and colleagues reportedly planned to throw him a "farewell party."