White House: Scaramucci will report directly to Trump
Incoming White House director of communications Anthony Scaramucci will report directly to the president, according to a White House press release.
A statement issued by the White House on Friday night praised Scaramucci as a longtime supporter of President Trump, and noted that he will report directly to Trump rather than to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Spicer reported to Priebus.
“Anthony is a person I have great respect for, and he will be an important addition to this administration,” Trump wrote in the statement.
“He has been a great supporter and will now help implement key aspects of our agenda while leading the communications team,” Trump continued. “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.”
The White House seems to be looking to Scaramucci to redirect some of the president’s messaging directly.
“Scaramucci will oversee the entire communications operation, including message development and strategy. He will report directly to the president,” the statement added.
The move was interpreted by some on Twitter as a slight to Priebus, whose power in the White House may be diminishing. Priebus was supportive of Scaramucci’s appointment in an interview with Fox News on Friday, noting he’s worked with him in a variety of roles before.
Mooch, asked whether he reports to Reince or direct to DJT, says he’ll let Reince answer that, “president said I report to him directly.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 21, 2017
Scaramucci says “I have no problem working for Reince” but Trump has told him he reports directly to Trump
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) July 21, 2017
In the statement, Scaramucci said he was “proud” to begin working in the White House.
“President Trump has accomplished an incredible amount in a short period of time, and I am proud to join his administration as he continues to deliver for the American people,” Scaramucci said.
The statement says that Scaramucci will begin his new duties on Aug. 15. On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned amid reports that he disagreed with Trump’s decision to hire Scaramucci.
However, he told Fox News: “I’m looking forward to watching Anthony and Sarah do a tremendous job.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders will succeed Spicer as press secretary.
“It’s been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS @realDonaldTrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August,” Spicer wrote on Twitter.