Scaramucci: 'The White House Is on Track'

July 21, 2017

Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared at Friday's press briefing to take questions for the first time in his new role, telling reporters that the White House messaging operation is going smoothly despite personnel changes.

President Donald Trump appointed Scaramucci to his new job on Friday morning, a move that led Sean Spicer to resign as press secretary, according to reports. Sarah Huckabee Sanders replaced Spicer as White House spokesperson.

MSNBC correspondent Hallie Jackson was the first reporter to pose a question and asked Scaramucci how he is going to get the White House "back on track."

"I'm going to take a slight issue with the question because I actually think the White House is on track and we're actually, I think, doing a really good job," Scaramucci responded.

Scaramucci described his meeting with Trump earlier on Friday and said that the president had done "a phenomenal job for the American people." Scaramucci said that taking his new White House role is a way to serve the country.

"One of the things, I have a lot of family members that served in the American military," Scaramucci said. "Unfortunately my generation, I'm born in 1964, I did not serve. I filled out the Selective Service, it's one of the regrets for my life so this is an opportunity for me to serve the country."

"It's an honor to be here; it's an honor to stand here," Scaramucci said.

Scaramucci also mentioned how difficult it is for former business people to go into government and that it is a financial sacrifice. He also said that he had been in discussions with ethics officials.

"I'm willing to do that because I love the country," Scaramucci said.