The White House: New Communications Director and New Spokesperson, Same Old Message
You’ve probably heard by now that White House press secretary, Sean Spicer has resigned. If you have not, where have you been?
A few minutes ago, the White House trotted out their new Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci in front of the media.
He was confident, articulate and self-assured – a performer who is very comfortable in front of the camera. But he had nothing new or worthy to say beyond “we, the White House staff, are working together to advance the message” of President Donald Trump.
He declined to answer questions about Russia’s election meddling and hacking of DNC computers, instead referring all questions to the president’s outside counsel.
Anthony Scaramucci wanted the job badly. He is a slick Wall Street operative, a long time supporter and contributor to the Trump campaign.
He admitted that he was sad when he was not initially offered a position in the Trump White House.
“Yes, I admit,” he told the White House press corps. “I wanted a job here and I was not happy when I was not offered one. I have been honest about it and I have written about it so there is no surprise there.”
He said the president has been doing a wonderful job and the only problem has been communications.
“There is a spread between what we believe the president has accomplished and what you guys believe,” Scaramucci said.
He said he believes the White House is on track, and he wants to let the President be himself.
“This is an opportunity for me to serve the county,” he added.
He also announced the appointment of Sarah Huckabee Sanders as the new press secretary but won’t disclose if she will be reporting to him or directly to chief of staff, Reince Priebus.
Sanders said she had no reason to doubt the president has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller to conduct a fair probe of Russia, Michael Flynn and more.
“At this point, I don’t have any reason to say otherwise,” Sanders said and added that she needs to speak with the president before commenting further.
On Obamacare, she lamented the inability of the congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the healthcare program.
“A lot of the members of this Senate and the House have not only committed, but campaign on that, and it’s time for them to step up and get that done,” she said.
On former spokesman Sean Spicer, Sanders said he served the president “loyally and admirably,” adding that Spicer stepped aside because he wanted the new communications team to start with a clean slate.
“He’s served the President loyally and admirably. I think it speaks volumes to who he is,” she said.
On President Trump’s tweets, Scaramucci called the president a very effective communicator with innate ability to reach the American people.
“I love the President. The President is a very, very effective communicator. To me, I think it’s been very effective use of reaching the American public directly,” he added. “I welcome him to continue to do that,” he told the media.
President Trump also released a statement on Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci.
“I am grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities, just look at his great television ratings,” Trump said about Spicer.
And on Anthony Scaramucci, Trump said “Anthony is a person I have great respect for, and he will be an important addition to this administration. He’s been a great supporter and will now help implement key aspects of our agenda while leading the communications team. We have accomplished so much and we are being given credit for so little. The good news is the people get it even if the media doesn’t.”
Like I said, new communications chief and spokesperson, nothing new to say.
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