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Shakeup Puts Different Face on White House Communications

Sean Spicer said Friday that he resigned as White House press secretary because of having “too many cooks in the kitchen” while trying to promote President Donald Trump’s agenda.At an early afternoon briefing, Scaramucci, in his debut before the White House press corps, named Sarah Sanders as the new press secretary.Spicer reportedly resigned over Trump’s hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as communitcations director.Trump offered Scaramucci, a NY financier, the job on Friday morning and reportedly requested that Spicer stay on.After the move was made public Friday, Scaramucci turned to Twitter and began a purge of his past tweets attacking the president and supporting traditionally liberal causes such as gun control.While Trump has often railed against SNL’s portrayals of himself and his administration, Spicer said in a Fox News interview Friday night that he generally took those parodies in stride.Scaramucci, who is now serving as the senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank, will officially begin his new role on August 15, 2017.Mr Scaramucci addressed the press to describe Mr Spicer as a “true American patriot”, saying “I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money”. And he believes the press has a job to do.After Huckabee withdrew from the Republican primary race in February 2016, Sanders signed on as a senior adviser to the Trump campaign.Sanders has been handling the press briefings in recent weeks, making her selection somewhat natural.Spicer has been ridiculed by the world’s media since his first day on the job when he tried to convince reporters Trump’s inauguration crowd was bigger than Barack Obamas.”Anthony is a person I have great respect for and he will be an important addition to this administration”, Trump said in a statement. The lack of screen time has been a growing point of contention among the White House press corps.”He wanted to bring some new folks in to help rev-up the communications operation”, Spicer told Hannity of President Trump.”Are we in the midst of a major White House shake up?”