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News outlet live-streams Sean Spicer's private home — Americans respond with pulverizing comments

News outlet Reuters was heavily criticized on Friday after they posted a live-stream of Sean Spicer's private Washington-area residence. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tendered his resignation Friday morning after President Donald Trump hired supporter Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications chief, an appointment both White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Seven Bannon also objected to.

The news has rocked Washington. The Trump administration is under intense pressure as the FBI, under special counsel Robert Mueller, continues to investigate Russian interference in last year's election, in addition to allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russian operatives.

Spicer, after being a central figure in the Trump administration during its opening months, had recently appeared publicly less and less. His deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had taken over the daily press briefing duties, albeit off camera.

Last month, Spicer's name was floated as a possible permanent replacement for White House communications director, though that never panned out.

Still, it appears Spicer left the administration on good terms. Trump thanked Spicer for his service after the resignation was announced, while Spicer talked positively about Trump. They also each took turns bashing the media for the press's brash scrutiny of the Trump administration.

But one media outlet in particular has earned the ire of Americans on both sides of the aisle in the immediate aftermath of Spicer's resignation.

After it was confirmed that Spicer was out, Reuters posted a live feed of his Washington-area home for all of the world to see:

Given how politically charged Washington currently is — and the dangers that has posed to Republicans — people were outraged that a news outlet would show the world Spicer's private residence where he lives with his wife and two children.

And people were quick to let Reuters know:

The stream was live for just over one hour before being taken down.

A spokesman for Reuters told The Hill they went to Spicer's house to seek a comment.

"We and other major media outlets were there to see if a statement would be made," said Abbe Serphos, global head of PR and communications for Reuters. "When it was clear there would be no statement, we left."

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