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Scaramucci Announces Huckabee Sanders is New Press Secretary, Calls Spicer an ‘American Patriot’

Following the blockbuster news that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had resigned in the wake of Anthony Scaramucci being tapped as the new White House communications director, the White House held its first on-camera press briefing in weeks to introduce Scaramucci.

In his first public statement leading the White House’s press shop, Scaramucci announced that deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had been promoted to press secretary. He then addressed the departure of Spicer and took the opportunity to thank him for the job he did:

“The first thing I want to say is I want to thank, personally, Sean Spicer, not only on behalf of myself but the president, the administration. Sean is a true American patriot. He’s a military serviceman. He’s got a great family. And he’s done an amazing job. 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.”

He added that he wanted Spicer to make a “tremendous amount of money” in whatever his next endeavor will be.

After noting that he is also good friends with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus — it has been reported that Priebus was unhappy about the hiring — Scaramucci went on to take questions. Right off the bat, he stated that the White House was “on track” and doing a “really good job” when asked how he would try to get the administration back on track.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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