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WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
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Spicer’s decision appears to be linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. The people with knowledge of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.
Spicer’s daily press briefings had become must-see television until recent weeks when he took on a more behind-the-scenes role. Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has largely taken over the briefings, turning them into an off-camera event.
Spicer spent several years leading communications at the Republican National Committee before helping Trump’s campaign in the general election. He is close to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the former RNC chair, and several of the lower-ranking aides in the White House communications shop.
Scaramucci is expected to play a visible role as one of Trump’s defenders on television. But Spicer and other officials questioned his hiring as communications director ahead of the president’s push to overhaul the tax system and other policy issues. One of the officials said Spicer objected to Trump’s vision for the future of the press operation.
Spicer’s tenure got off to a rocky start. On Trump’s first full day in office, Spicer lambasted journalists over coverage of the crowd size at the inauguration and stormed out of the briefing room without answering questions.
His fiery demeanor and tense on-camera exchanges were mocked on Saturday Night Live, with the role of Spicerbeing played by actress Melissa McCarthy.
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — “Basically setting the clock back to the beginning of May for us so we’re going to compress two months of work into 19 days,” said Marty Biniasz, Erie County Agricultural Society Marketing Manager.
Crews worked to clear destroyed picnic tables and downed trees from the Fairgrounds following Thursday night’s tornado that touched down in Hamburg.
“These picnic tables and these kiosks are usually along our 42nd Street area. The wind picked them up, moved them and pushed them into this building. When I look at these structures I’m not just looking at picnic tables I’m looking at the hundreds and hundreds of hours of man power that our carpenters put to put all this stuff together,” said Biniasz.
The tornado ripped through, shattering dozens of car windows, blowing tree branches and even a park bench onto a building.
“We’ll be using some backpack blowers blowing all the tree limbs out blowing any garbage out anything that was made a mess of. Working for the next 8 or 10 hours straight, 3 trucks running, about 3 days,” said Tony Zeniuk, Suburban Property Maintenance.
“So the path that the tornado took through our fairgrounds basically went right over and right past our grandstand. So our east grandstand had some roofing work being done at the time, basically day 4 into roofing work. That’s all been torn away,” said Biniasz.
Insurance adjusters are on site surveying the damage and estimating the total cost. Biniasz says the fair does not receive any direct government funding from Erie County.
“We do not know how that’s going to shake out. Our goal now is to do what we need to do to stabilize the grounds, clean it up and make it ready for the fair. We’ll worry about how that funding is going to come into place after,” said Biniasz.
The Hamburg Gaming casino was evacuated yesterday, and it reopened again this morning.
Even though the mess caused by the tornado has thrown a wrench in things on the fairgrounds, officials are confident they’ll have everything cleared out and ready for the opening day of the Erie County Fair in just 19 days.
…Marginal risk of severe thunderstorms portions of the Western Southern Tier and a Slight risk in Northern Tier of Pennsylvania Saturday…and again Sunday…
In the wake of a chaotic weather day, much more tranquil weather returns today. After some pesky morning clouds, sunshine increases this afternoon, and skies stay mostly clear tonight.
This weekend, the first in a series of two disturbances will start to impact parts of the region Saturday. Right now, it appears much of the morning stays dry, but showers and a few thunderstorms develop and move in from west to east during the afternoon. The heaviest of this activity is expected to pass south, with some strong thunderstorms and heavy downpours possible in the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted areas close to the Pennsylvania border for a slight chance of severe thunderstorms. Strong potentially damaging wind gusts, and hail, may accompany some of the storms, along with some heavy downpours. Those localized downpours could produce some ponding of water in poor drainage areas. The showers and storms will diminish overnight Saturday evening. Sunday may actually begin dry with even some breaks of sun, however another batch of showers and a few thunderstorms should spread into the area during the afternoon.
Improvement may be slow early next week with still a few light rain showers or drizzle Monday morning. Sunnier weather builds in Tuesday-Wednesday with temperatures a little cooler than normal.
FRIDAY: Lots of Sun, Very Humid, High: 77 waterfront, 85 inland, Wind: W 5-12
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly Clear, patchy Fog, Mild, Low: 60-67, Low: 59-66, Wind: SSW 4-8.
SATURDAY: Quite Humid, Increasing Clouds early, Showers a few Thunderstorms develop south of the metro during afternoon, heaviest passes south of Buffalo. Few storms may turn strong/severe in the Southern Tier, High: 78-81, Wind: Light S/E 6-12, Low: 67.
SUNDAY: Clouds Thicken AM, more Showers and Thunderstorms start to develop during the afternoon. some strong, High: 80, Low: 66.
MONDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Lingering showers, High: 76, Low: 59.
TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 76, Low: 60.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 79, Low: 63.
THURSDAY: Cloudy, Morning Showers taper off for the afternoon, High: 80, Low: 64.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A University at Buffalo basketball player has been arrested.
Quate McKinzie was accused of trying to strangle a woman on Tuesday. Following his arrest, his bail was set at $15,000.
Between Tuesday and this morning, additional charges were filed against him, and he remained in custody on no bail.
He faces charges of Strangulation, Assault, Obstruction of Breathing, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Witness Intimidation, Aggravated Harassment and Disobeying a Court Mandate.
The school said McKinzie is “suspended indefinitely” from the team.
“We expect all students to serve as community citizens both on and off-campus,” the school said.
McKinzie’s attorney said that they were going to push for a bail reduction hearing.
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – The National Weather Service of Buffalo has confirmed two tornadoes struck Thursday in western New York.
An EF2 tornado struck in Hamburg around 12:30 p.m. The estimated maximum wind speed was 105 MPH. The maximum path width was 700 yards.
An EF1 tornado struck in Holland around 12:50 p.m. The estimated maximum wind speed was 95 MPH and the maximum path width was 500 yards.
No fatalities or direct injuries were reported.
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — A tornado warning was issued for parts of western New York on Thursday afternoon. That, and a line of severe thunderstorms, caused damage throughout areas south of Buffalo.
Here are photos of the damage: