White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci ended his first news conference since being appointed Friday with a kiss to the press corps.
The Trump administration has repeatedly sparred with the press since taking office, with the president frequently referring to coverage unfavorable to him as “fake news” and calling the media the “enemy of the American people.”
The White House has also recently faced major criticism for barring reporters from recording during briefings. Scaramucci’s first press briefing Friday was the first on-camera White House briefing in almost a month.
Scaramucci was appointed to the position Friday, directly before White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that he would resign.