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Trump’s White House has a new press team

Anthony Scaramucci is from the same mould of wealthy New York businessmen as Trump himself, and is fiercely loyal to him.

world Updated: Jul 22, 2017 21:43 IST
Yashwant Raj
New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci at a press briefing on July 21, 2017.
New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci at a press briefing on July 21, 2017. (AFP)

A day after resigning as White house press secretary, Sean Spicer thanked Donald Trump in a tweet “for the honour and privilege” to serve him, his administration and the nation.

But there was no mention of his six-month stint at the White House on his Twitter bio, which described him as “Former Chief Strategist & Comms Director @GOP , Horrable speller, Wicked @RedSox/@Patriots fan”.

He seemed in a hurry to move on.

Spicer resigned after Trump decided to pick Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as the new director of communications, a position that had been lying vacant for months. Trump also named Sarah Huckabee Sanders as his new press secretary, elevating her to Spicer’s erstwhile position, sealing a move that had been the subject of much speculation.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been named the new White House press secretary. (AFP)

Trump has for long felt frustrated by negative media coverage and had tended to blame the White House media team, specially Spicer, for not defending him adequately.

Scaramucci, called “the Mooch” by his friends, is from the same mould of wealthy New York businessmen as Trump himself, and is fiercely loyal to him — he was one of few who had urged Trump to stay n the race in the aftermath of the bombshell Hollywood Access tapes in which Trump had boasted about sexually assaulting women.

As head of the White House communications team, Scaramucci, addressing his first news briefing, made clear he will continue to be intensely loyal to Trump.

“I think it’s super important for us to let him express his personality,” Scaramucci said, adding, “It has been a very successful life experience for president Trump to be president Trump so let’s let him do that. Let’s see where the chips fall.”

Scaramucci’s performance at his first briefing must have pleased Trump. He was easy going and seemed to be know a lot of the reporters personally. Before leaving, he also air-kissed the reporters.

The official announcements rolled in later, and were followed by a tweet by Trump, saying that Spicer was a “wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media - but his future is bright!”