Scaramucci: Press Briefings Back on Camera

New communications chief changes controversial rule for media
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2017 7:03 PM CDT
Scaramucci: Cameras Once Again OK at Press Briefings
Sarah Huckabee Sanders who has been named White House press secretary and incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci pass each other by the podium during the press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 21, 2017.    (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Donald Trump's new communications chief says television cameras can start rolling again in the White House briefing room, the AP reports. Anthony Scaramucci—the Wall Street financier who joined the administration last week—tweeted on Monday that "the TV Cameras are back on." Under Press Secretary Sean Spicer—who resigned over Scaramucci's new role—the daily press briefings had become must-see TV. But in recent weeks, Spicer moved into a more behind the scenes role, putting the briefings largely in the hands of his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who made them off-camera events.

On Friday, Scaramucci accepted his new position at an on-camera briefing, and announced that Sanders will replace Spicer as press secretary. The last on-camera White House briefing prior to that was June 29. Scaramucci said that going forward, the briefings will be back on camera. "We're televising the briefings. We went to audio as an experiment and now we're back on audio and video," he said Monday. "I talked to the president about it this morning." Scaramucci said that if there was a reason to go off-camera, he or Sanders would explain why. Over the weekend, Scaramucci pledged on Fox News to begin "an era of a new good feeling" and said he hopes to "create a more positive mojo." (More Anthony Scaramucci stories.)

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