Sean Spicer says he would not return as White House press secretary if Trump asked him

Sean Spicer says he would not return as White House press secretary if Trump asked him
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Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerTrump falsely claims his events have never 'had an empty seat' Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' MORE said Friday that he would not return to the position if President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE offered it following the announcement that Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBiden pledges return to daily press briefings as president Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' Trump directs Pentagon to develop policy allowing service academy athletes to go pro right away MORE Sanders will depart at the end of June.

"Oh, would I go back? Oh no. No, no, no," Spicer told MSNBC's Hallie Jackson.

"I've told the president many times that it was an honor to do it, but I'm much more happy and relaxed and less stressful now."

Trump announced Sanders's departure on Thursday, floating the idea of her running for governor of her home state of Arkansas.

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Sanders succeeded Spicer as Trump's top spokesperson in July 2017. Both had contentious relationships with the media, with traditional daily press briefings largely dropping off in recent months.

Since leaving the administration, Spicer has made a cameo appearance at the presentation of the Emmy Awards and announced that he is writing a book.

Another former White House communications director, Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci warns Trump he'll lose his support over 'racist and unacceptable' tweets Scaramucci disinvited from GOP fundraiser after criticism of Trump tweets Scaramucci says Trump is 'turning into' a racist MORE, also indicated that he would not return to the job. His comment came after Trump said earlier Friday that he would not bring Scaramucci back to fill Sanders's role.

Scaramucci, who lasted just 10 days at the White House, said he appreciated Trump's advice as a "marriage counselor" during his short tenure, and hinted at stress caused by the job.

"On the fourth day, I was in the shower at the White House, watching my hair go into the drain,” Scaramucci said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“I'd like to keep my hair."

--Updated at 11:53 a.m.