Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had shifted away from televised press briefings, but newly appointed communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced Monday that this policy is changing.
Scaramucci sent out a tweet Monday morning, saying simply, “The TV Cameras are back on.”
The TV 📺🎥Cameras are back on.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 24, 2017
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Scaramucci conveyed his personal opinion, stating, “We should put the cameras back on.”
“If you’re asking me for my personal opinion — and maybe the president will be upset for giving my personal — we should put the cameras on. That’s no problem. I don’t think we need to have the cameras off.
“But if the president doesn’t want the cameras on, guess what? We’re not going to have the cameras on. It’s going to really be up to him. But I think we should put the cameras on.”
Spicer had ended the on-camera briefings, saying at the time that they were distracting from the president’s message, as reporters asked “snarky questions” in an effort to become “YouTube stars.”
Scaramucci appeared on multiple news outlets Sunday, stating that his first priority was to stop the leaking of sensitive information from the White House. “I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks,” he stated on “Fox News Sunday.”
Unsubstantiated rumors are circulating that Scaramucci was actually brought in to replace Reince Priebus as the White House chief of staff.
Since Spicer’s resignation, former White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has taken over his role as press secretary.
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