Scaramucci Announces Huckabee Sanders as New Press Secretary, Hopes Spicer Gets Rich

July 21, 2017

Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced Friday that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be the new White House press secretary.

Scaramucci assumed the podium at the White House's first on-camera press briefing in almost a month to announce Huckabee Sanders' appointment, as well as to wish her departing predecessor, Sean Spicer, the best of luck, saying that he hopes Spicer "goes on to make a tremendous amount of money."

"I want to thank, personally, Sean Spicer, not only on behalf of myself, the president, the administration," Scaramucci said.

"Sean is a true American patriot, he's a military serviceman, he's got a great family, and he's done an amazing job," he added. "This is obviously a difficult situation to be in. And I applaud his efforts here and I love the guy, and I wish him well. And I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money."

Scaramucci went on to briefly discuss his transition into the administration, and emphasized that he wants to work to bridge the gap between the White House and media's perception of President Donald Trump.

"To use a Wall Street expression, there might be an arbitrage spread between how well we are doing, and how well some of you guys think we are doing, and we're gonna work hard to close that spread," he said.

Huckabee Sanders will replace Sean Spicer, who resigned his post Friday morning, largely due to his objection to the appointment of Scaramucci. Trump appointed Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier and key campaign supporter, as the new communications director also on Friday morning.