Category: press secretary

Scaramucci once asked Barack Obama on live TV if he’d be softer…

Scaramucci once asked Barack Obama on live TV if he’d be softer on Wall Street. It didn’t end well.

Long before he became President Donald Trump’s White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci was a simple hedge fund manager getting shut down by Barack Obama.

In 2010, as the nation was digging its way out of the 2008 financial collapse, Scaramucci took the microphone at a CNBC town hall to ask the then-president — a former Harvard classmate and sometimes opponent on the basketball court — whether he planned to “stop whacking at the Wall Street piñata.”

Scaramucci didn’t get the answer he was looking for. Read more. (7/22/17, 11:44 PM)

micdotcom: Breaking: Sean Spicer resigns as White House press…

micdotcom:

Breaking: Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

  • Sean Spicer resigned from his post as White House press secretary Friday morning following President Donald Trump’s decision to name hedge fund financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, the New York Timesreported.
  • Spicer reportedly objected to Scaramucci’s appointment, telling the president it was a major mistake, according to the Times.
  • Spicer came on as press secretary in January. His tenure was characterized by a combative and elusive relationship with the White House press corps. Read more (7/21/17 12 PM)

Update: Sarah Huckabee Sanders named press secretary

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders was named White House press secretary Friday afternoon, a post she will take over from Sean Spicer, who tendered his resignation Friday morning.
  • Huckabee Sanders — daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — has been the face of the White House press shop since May, when Spicer stepped back from his on-camera briefing role. Read more (7/21/17 3 PM)

3 things to know about Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director

  • He’s a well-known hedge fund manager who goes by “the Mooch”
  • He used to be team #NeverTrump. During the Republican primary, Scaramucci lambasted then-candidate Donald Trump during an appearance on the Fox Business channel. Scaramucci called Trump a “hack politician,” for his position on taxing hedge fund managers. 
  • His name has been floated for a number of Trump administration gigs. Read more (7/21/17)

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary. We’ll…

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary. We’ll definitely never forget these moments.

Sean Spicer’s days of on-camera press briefings may be…

Sean Spicer’s days of on-camera press briefings may be behind him, report says

  • White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s daily briefing may not be long for the airwaves. Politico reported Thursday that President Donald Trump is considering “scaling back” Spicer’s public-facing role.
  • According to Politico’s report, Spicer’s is not expected to give his daily on-camera briefing after Trump’s foreign trip, which begins Friday. 
  • Instead, Spicer will step into an unspecified “senior role” while deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will handle the public-facing briefings, Politico reported. Read more (5/18/17)