New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci aims to de-escalate tensions between the White House and the media. In a White House briefing, Scaramucci said the administration will continue to call out news organizations for reporting that is considered to be faulty or biased.
The veteran Wall Street financier also said he has empathy for reporters. As for outgoing White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer, Scaramucci heaped praise on Spicer, who will stay on through the end of August. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be promoted to Press Secretary when Spicer leaves.
Along with his new gig, Scaramucci is giving his Twitter account a good dusting and cleaning – he's deleting old tweets that conflict with President Trump's policies and views.
Deleted tweets include those opposed to building a wall along the border with Mexico along with some that seem to call for stricter gun control measures. Back in 2015, he also referred to his now-boss as a “hack” and a “bully.” Scaramucci worked on Jeb Bush's campaign before it tanked eventually backing Trump. Politics creates strange bedfellows.
Some insiders think Scaramucci's style could actually escalate tension between the Trump administration and the press. I don't know how that's possible without distributing weapons to both sides.