The White House on Friday announced that Anthony Scaramucci will serve as President Trump’s new communications director.
Scaramucci replaced former communications director Michael Dubke following the latter’s resignation in May.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned earlier Friday after reportedly telling Trump he considered Scaramucci’s hiring a mistake.
Scaramucci is a Wall Street financier whose background is in business rather than politics and he is not a Washington veteran.
Some Twitter users on Friday blasted Trump’s hiring of Scaramucci, who founded the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital.
Other people on the social media platform praised Scaramucci, who currently works as senior vice president at the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
Scaramucci reportedly began his career at Goldman Sachs, making him the sixth person with ties to the Wall Street financial firm in Trump’s White House.
The hedge fund manager previously served as national finance co-chair for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s election campaign.
Scaramucci was initially critical of Trump’s presidential bid, calling him a “political hack” during an interview on Fox Business Network in August 2015.
The Wall Street veteran then served on the finance teams of two 2016 Republican presidential candidates, Gov. Scott Walker (WI) and former Gov. Jeb Bush (FL).
Scaramucci on Friday publicly apologized to Trump for his past remarks after previously criticizing America’s current president.
“[It was] one of the biggest mistakes I made, because I was an inexperienced person in the world of politics,” he said during a White House press briefing.
“I should have never said that about him. So, Mr. President, if you’re listening, I personally apologize for the 50th time for saying that.”
Trump’s hiring of Scaramucci comes amid reports the president has grown frustrated with his communications team’s ability to promote his agenda and message.