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Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be the next White House press secretary


Updated July 21, 2017 02:47 PM EDT

Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday became the next White House press secretary following Sean Spicer's resignation earlier that day.

Incoming White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci revealed Huckabee Sanders's role to reporters hours after accepting his own role.

"Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be press secretary," he said during a White House press briefing. "[Spicer] is a true American patriot. I applaud his efforts here and he's done a tremendous job."

Scaramucci added that Spicer, who will stay on as White House press secretary until August, had been "incredibly gracious" to him while welcoming him to President Trump's administration.

The incoming White House communications director also dismissed reports of tension between him and other administration officials, including Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

"I don't have any friction with Sean," he said. "I don't have any friction with Reince. This is an opportunity for me to serve the country. It's an honor to be here."

"There has been some speculation in the press about me and Reince," Scaramucci continued. "He is a dear friend. We are a little bit like brothers, in which we rough each other up every once in a while."

"I have no problem working for Reince. He's the chief of staff. It would be foolish of me not to communicate with him and tell him everything we're doing."

Scaramucci additionally insisted President Trump would accomplish key legislative goals, specifically noting repealing Obamacare and reforming the tax code.

"The ship is going in the right direction," he said of Trump's administration. "I predict the president will get a win on healthcare. I think we're going to get healthcare done. I also think we're going to get tax reform done."

"The president himself is always going to be the president. I think he has some of the best political instincts in the world. He's done a phenomenal job for the American people."

Huckabee Sanders said that Trump is "grateful" for Spicer's six months as White House press secretary, especially his "great television ratings."

"[Spicer] has served the president admirably and loyally," she said. "Sean felt it would be best for [the] team to start with a totally clean slate. I think it speaks volumes to who he is to let Anthony come in and have a brand new starting place."

Huckabee Sanders, who is currently White House deputy press secretary, added Trump's administration wants to "move on from the ridiculousness of Russia and Russia fever."

"The president's preference is to repeal and replace Obamacare," she said as an example of a higher priority. "It's time for them to get in there and repeal and replace Obamacare."

Scaramucci has a lot of love to give

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer broke his silence Friday afternoon regarding his sudden decision to leave his position.

Earlier, Spicer resigned following President Trump's decision to tap former Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci to lead the White House communications department, the New York Times first reported. He told the president that he vehemently disagreed with Scaramucci's appointment.

The 45th-commander-in-chief offered the job to Scaramucci at 10 a.m. Friday morning. A source with direct knowledge said he believed that the former Wall Street executive's tapping was a major mistake.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said he "100 percent" supports the incoming communications director, adding that the two are "very good friends" and it's "all good here" at the White House.

Speculation of Spicer's future role at the White House surfaced in recent months following the resignation of White House communications Mike Dubke resigned from communications director in May. According to previous media reports, Trump expressed to officials that he didn't want Spicer delivering his message anymore. The former White House press secretary balked at the idea, telling reporters in June that "I'm right here."

Spicer's resignation comes exactly six months after he held his first combative press briefing in which he slammed the media about their reports of inauguration size crowds.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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