WASHINGTON, D.C.-- New York financier Anthony Scaramucci has been formally named White House communications director and Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been promoted to press secretary following the resignation of Sean Spicer.
President Donald Trump says in a statement read by Sanders that he's "grateful" for departing press secretary Spicer's "work on behalf of my administration and the American people."
He adds: "just look at his great television ratings!"
Scaramucci also addressed reporters at the White House. He called Spicer "a true American patriot" and said he hopes Spicer "goes on to make a tremendous amount of money."
Spicer says that he chose to resign from his position to give incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci a fresh start.
Spicer says during a brief phone conversation with The Associated Press following his announced departure that, "we're at the point where" the president "could benefit from a clean slate."
He says he felt it would be best for Scaramucci to be able to build his own operation "and chart a new way forward."
Spicer is also complimenting Scaramucci, a New York financier and frequent defender of the president who was a staple at Trump Tower during the president's transition.
Spicer says of Scaramucci's hiring: "It'll be great, he's a tough guy."
Spicer says it's been "an honor" and "privilege" to serve President Donald Trump and the country.
In a tweet, he says he will continue his service through August.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) July 21, 2017
One person with knowledge of the situation said Spicer objected to the hiring of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci's lack of qualifications for the communications role. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.
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