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« on: July 23, 2017, 12:07:58 am »

from The Washington Post....

The ‘Spicey’ show comes to an end:
Sean Spicer quits as White House press secretary

The longtime Washington insider failed to last in service of a president
who rejects convention and prefers to act as his own chief spokesman.

By DAVID NAKAMURA | 6:54PM EDT - Friday, July 21, 2017

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer walks into the West Wing on Friday after resigning from his post earlier in the day. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer walks into the West Wing on Friday after resigning from his post earlier in the day.
 — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.

SEAN SPICER had not fully moved into his West Wing office in January when he interrupted an informal chat with reporters to show off a prized new possession — the ceremonial White House press secretary flak jacket passed down by his predecessors.

It was meant to symbolize the incoming blasts from reporters. But for Spicer, who announced his resignation on Friday after just six tumultuous months on the job, it was the crossfire from inside the West Wing that brought him down.

To a degree unseen before at the White House lectern, Spicer, 45, became a household name, a constant target for critics and late-night comics. He was lampooned on television and social media as the chief spokesman for a White House that is frequently off message and prone to falsehoods. He gained a reputation as a pugnacious, often tongue-tied defender of a boss in President Trump who never really wanted him in the job and always thought he could do better at defending himself.

On Friday, as news broke that Trump had hired Anthony Scaramucci, a brash New York financier, as his new communications director over Spicer's personal objections, the situation was no longer sustainable. Trump, who undercut Spicer time and again and dragged him through a series of public humiliations, had made clear he no longer had much use for him.

“Better to give them an opportunity to have a clean slate and evaluate what we've done — to figure out what's working and what needs to be improved upon,” Spicer said in a brief telephone interview with The Washington Post. Ever the loyal staffer, Spicer said he would remain at the White House through to August to help smooth the transition for Scaramucci and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Spicer's deputy who was promptly named to replace him.

“It's been an unbelievable honor and privilege,” Spicer said. “This is something you dream of. I can't thank the president enough.”

The dramatic denouement was an appropriate metaphor for a Trump White House that has been defined by backbiting and infighting. But the decline that led to Spicer's departure has been long in the making and extraordinarily public in its nature.

The humiliations started with his first appearance at the lectern a day after Trump's inauguration, when Spicer, in an ill-fitting light-gray suit, insisted in strident tones that reporters had sought to undermine the new president by comparing his inaugural crowd unfavorably to the historic size of President Barack Obama's inauguration.

“That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer declared, a statement that was proved false by fact-checkers and obviously wrong to the naked eye of any impartial observer. Spicer left the room without taking questions.

It was later revealed that Trump, angered by cable news coverage of empty expanses on the Mall, had personally ordered up the performance.

“The job as White House press secretary is hard to begin with, but when you're being undercut by your boss and his senior people are providing false information, that makes it nearly impossible to do the job,” said Jennifer Psaki, who served as White House communications director and State Department press secretary under Obama. “What I saw was somebody who clearly was put in a compromising and difficult position at the White House podium.”

Spicer was never an obvious match for a president who had no Washington political experience and reveled in a freewheeling campaign in which he dominated the airwaves with outlandish and often conflicting statements. Spicer, who was not part of Trump's campaign, was a prototypical Beltway insider and Republican Party loyalist who had served as spokesman for the Republican National Committee when it was overseen by Reince Priebus, now the White House chief of staff.

It was Priebus who persuaded Trump to name Spicer to the job.

“Sean kind of tried to bridge two worlds — old Washington and new Washington,” said Dana Perino, who served as President George W. Bush's press secretary. “He did the best he could.”

Spicer made changes to the ritual of the daily briefing aimed at placating Trump, who harangued the press corps as “fake news” and reacted to news several times a day in real time on Twitter.

Spicer called more frequently on reporters from conservative news outlets. He installed monitors in the briefing room that beamed in live questions over Skype from news organizations outside the Beltway. And he held one smaller “gaggle” for reporters in his office that excluded several major news outlets, including The New York Times.

But it was his live, on-camera briefings that became appointment viewing. Spicer spoke quickly and forcefully, but he was prone to flubbing attempts to match the hyperbole and rhetorical flourishes of his boss. He was forced to apologize after he asserted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had crossed more red lines than Adolf Hitler because the Nazi leader had never gassed his own people.

The briefings were entertaining, if at times surreal, and the ratings reflected it. That cut both ways for Trump, a New York real estate promoter who had made a fortune in reality television. Trump appeared to offer a backhanded compliment about Spicer's notoriety in thanking him on Friday.

“I'm grateful for Sean's work on behalf my administration and the American people,” Trump said in a statement. “I wish him success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities — just look at his great television ratings.”

Yet in recent weeks, the public perception of Spicer stumbling around the briefing room spraying water guns at reporters — as popularized by Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of “Spicey” on “Saturday Night Live” — was no longer in step, even as satire, with his actual role at the White House. Spicer had largely disappeared from public view, relegated to a behind-the-scenes role for a White House that had lost control of the narrative amid the mounting Russia investigation.

Reports that Spicer had eluded reporters by ducking behind bushes in the West Wing driveway on the night Trump fired James B. Comey as FBI director became a meme for a spokesman who did not know how to explain what his boss was doing.

The press office had not conducted a televised briefing in more than three weeks before Friday, and Sanders had taken over at the off-camera sessions. Spicer, a devout Catholic whom Trump had denied an audience with Pope Francis on a visit to the Vatican in May, did not travel with the president on his most recent trip to Paris.

Perino said Spicer's relatively graceful exit is likely to preserve his relationship with Trump, adding that he “has a story that's so amazing that he'll be able to tell it for years.”

In the briefing room, Scaramucci put it a little bit differently, bidding Spicer good luck in a way that perhaps showed why he's better suited for Trump: “I hope he goes on to make a lot of money.”

• David Nakamura covers the White House for The Washington Post. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.


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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2017, 12:56:13 am »

from The Washington Post....

At the White House, Spicer out;
Scaramucci, Sanders — and chaos — in

President Trump's overhaul of his White House, in a shake-up of senior team,
continues a pattern of seemingly constant chaos.


Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, above left, walks into the West Wing on Friday after abruptly resigning his position in protest of President Trump's decision to install Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, above left, walks into the West Wing on Friday after abruptly resigning his position in protest
of President Trump's decision to install Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.

PRESIDENT TRUMP overhauled his White House on Friday in a dramatic shake-up of his senior team at the six-month mark of his presidency, which so far has been beset by a special counsel's widening Russia investigation, a floundering legislative agenda and seemingly constant chaos and infighting within his West Wing.

Trump's decision on Friday morning to install wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director set off an unexpected chain reaction, with White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigning in protest, according to people familiar with the departure. By afternoon, Spicer's deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had been named to replace him.

As the reorganization unfolded throughout the day, Trump's communications shop — not known for finely tuned messaging — offered its best attempt at a display of unity, a Kabuki-theater performance juxtaposing polite public statements with sniping and complaints behind the scenes.

“The president wanted to bring on some folks, to add to the team,” Spicer said in a brief interview on Friday. “This is something you dream of. I can't thank the president enough.”

Asked if he had any regrets, Spicer replied: “None.”

In a statement Sanders read during the daily briefing, Trump said he was “grateful for Sean's work” and wished him “continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities — just look at his great television ratings.”

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus called a private meeting of the White House communications staff on Friday morning and said that Spicer, who will remain through August to help Scaramucci transition into the role, is leaving to give the new communications director “a clean slate,” according to someone briefed on the meeting who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Priebus also tried to play down any tensions between him and Scaramucci, saying the two have known each other for a long time, and Scaramucci told his new team that he is not a “top-down” manager, this person said.

Scaramucci and Spicer then attempted an awkward hug, with Spicer stiffly accepting Scaramucci's embrace, the person said.

Spicer's abrupt and angry departure — which caught even senior West Wing staffers by surprise — reflects the latest upheaval in a White House that has been consumed by tumult and warring factions since almost the day Trump took office. Bringing Scaramucci into the White House could further heighten tensions among Trump's senior staff.

Scaramucci has a contentious relationship with both Spicer and Priebus, each of whom vehemently objected to Trump's decision to install him in the top communications job. Scaramucci has coined a particularly crude nickname for Priebus and, in private conversations with associates in recent weeks, repeatedly savaged both the chief of staff and the entire White House press operation.

Scaramucci has argued to confidants that the media operation mobilizes aggressively whenever critical coverage of Priebus emerges, but that it is far less diligent about defending the president himself, which he characterized as disloyal.

Priebus, meanwhile, previously blocked Scaramucci from several key White House jobs, including director of the office of public liaison. In a last-ditch attempt to keep Scaramucci out of the communications director role, Priebus offered him the public liaison job, a senior White House official said.

A Priebus ally, however, rejected the notion that the chief of staff had tried to block Scaramucci, saying he was simply trying to slow down the process.

Some Trump loyalists inside the West Wing view the hiring of Scaramucci over Priebus's wishes — and the sudden resignation of Spicer — as a blow to Priebus's already fraught standing with the president and his leadership of the senior staff.

“This exposes Reince as neither a leader nor a manager,” one senior White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to offer a candid assessment.

Stephen K. Bannon, Trump's senior strategist, also opposed the hiring, according to two people familiar with the discussions. Although Bannon — the former chairman of the conservative Breitbart News website — likes Scaramucci personally, he worried that the financier does not have the right set of skills for the job and symbolizes the corporate Wall Street interests that Bannon and others in the nationalist wing of the White House have railed against.

The communications post had been open since Michael Dubke vacated it in May.

The latest staff changes come amid growing legal headaches for Trump, as well as his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who during the campaign attended a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer promising incriminating information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump's legal team, which underwent its own shake-up on Thursday, has begun working to undermine the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia by looking into ways to highlight alleged conflicts of interest on Mueller's team, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The president has also inquired about his pardon authority — including his ability to pardon aides, family members and even himself, according to people familiar with the effort.

Another wave of controversy washed over the administration late on Friday when The Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence intercepts show Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related issues with the Russian ambassador.

Scaramucci addressed reporters on Friday afternoon during a news conference, thanking Spicer for doing an “amazing job” and adding, “I love the guy. I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money.”

Scaramucci insisted he has a good relationship with Priebus and said he offered to bring him on board as chief operating officer at his SkyBridge Capital company following the 2012 presidential campaign. Priebus, then the head of the Republican National Committee, declined the offer, he said.

“We're a little bit like brothers,” Scaramucci said. “We rough each other up a bit, and that's totally normal for brothers. He's a dear friend.”

But in the same briefing, he also made clear whom he views as his ultimate boss, saying he has “no problem working for Reince,” but adding: “The president said I report to him directly.”

Several times during Friday's briefing, Scaramucci said he loved the president and that his goal is to make sure Trump's message is heard by the public and better represented in the media.

“I think there's been, at times, a disconnect between the way we see the president and how much we love the president and the way some of you perhaps see the president,” he said. “And I certainly see the American people probably see the president the way I do. But we want to get that message out there.”

Ivanka Trump, her husband, Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had all been pushing Scaramucci for the job — and on Friday, as some West Wing officials made a final plea to the president to rethink his decision, both his daughter and son-in-law reached out to Scaramucci, to reassure him, according to a senior White House official.

The president has been particularly taken in recent weeks with Scaramucci's hard-charging defenses of his administration on cable TV news, several people familiar with his views said. The president was impressed with how Scaramucci — known as “the Mooch” — fought back against a CNN article about himself, ultimately leading to the resignation of three CNN staffers involved with the story. Trump views Scaramucci as a natty combatant with a smile.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, complimented Spicer's service to Trump and praised Scaramucci in a brief interview. “Like the president, Anthony is a tough, self-made, successful New Yorker who can be both a street fighter and run a C-suite meeting,” she said. “The president likes that.”

Scaramucci was slated to join the White House in another capacity earlier this year, but he had challenges resolving ethical conflicts associated with SkyBridge Capital, which he sold to a Chinese conglomerate with ties to the government just before Trump's inauguration.

On Friday, he told reporters he has been assured by government ethics officials and the White House counsel that there should be no obstacles to him joining the administration now.

“My start date is going to be in a couple of weeks, so that it's a — 100 percent totally cleansed and clean,” he said.

Spicer's allies, in explaining his departure, said he feared Scaramucci would be communications director in name only because he has little experience working in either communications or politics. Spicer also wanted the new communications director to report to him, which would not have been the case with Scaramucci. Instead, Spicer worried he would find himself serving in two roles simultaneously, even while Scaramucci fell outside his chain of command, these allies said.

“This is a joke,” said one person close to the press office. “Trump wanted Scaramucci on television as a surrogate for the White House and wanted to give him a more formal title.”

Spicer's resignation marks a sudden end to a short and rocky tenure. The press secretary undercut his credibility during his first full day on the job when, at Trump's urging, he publicly made false statements about the size of the president's Inauguration Day crowds.

Trump regularly nitpicked and criticized Spicer's on-camera briefings, polling his friends about how long he should retain Spicer in the high-profile role. There were other slights. During his first trip abroad, Trump pointedly kept Spicer, a devout Catholic, from a meeting with Pope Francis.

Spicer, a longtime Republican communications operative in Washington, began his time at the podium with a warm relationship with the press corps. But just six months later, many now associate him primarily with his red-faced shouting binges and his caricature on “Saturday Night Live”, where he was ruthlessly parodied by actress Melissa McCarthy dressed as a man.

In private, Scaramucci seemed to have at least entertained the idea of the top communications post since June. Speaking at former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's private retreat in Deer Valley, Utah, last month, Scaramucci said that he believed the White House was faltering in part because the communications director job was empty and that communicating directly with the public was the key imperative of this White House, according to one attendee.

If he were in the role, Scaramucci continued, he would consider starting a daily administration “television” broadcast at 7 a.m., complete with a desk on the White House lawn and guests that included Democratic leaders.

“I like Anthony, but Pelosi and Schumer aren't going on his state-run morning show,” the attendee said, referring to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (Democrat-New York) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-California). The attendee spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of a private discussion.

Spicer, meanwhile, said in the brief interview that he hopes he is just “midway through the book” of his life. This most recent chapter, he said, might best be entitled, “Exciting Times”.

Rosalind S. Helderman, Philip Rucker and Ben Terris contributed to this report.

• Ashley Parker is a White House reporter for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2017, after 11 years at The New York Times, where she covered the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns and Congress, among other things.

• Abby Phillip is a national political reporter covering the White House for The Washington Post.

• Damian Paletta reports on White House economic policy for The Washington Post. He also covers intelligence and national security for The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau.


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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2017, 02:41:46 am »

Yes, the girl who has been doing that job for the last few days is much better...and a lot easier on the eye😜
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2017, 10:48:25 pm »

Yes, the girl who has been doing that job for the last few days is much better...and a lot easier on the eye

Hillarious....you get off on fat, ugly sluts.

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2017, 10:48:33 pm »

from The Washington Post....

Read Anthony Scaramucci's old tweets.
You'll understand why he deleted them.

“I'm deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & and shouldn't be a distraction,” Scaramucci said.

By KRISTINE PHILLIPS | 5:21PM EDT - Saturday, July 22, 2017

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media in the James S. Brady Press Briefing room at the White House on July 21st. — Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press.
New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media in the James S. Brady Press Briefing room
at the White House on July 21st. — Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press.

NEW White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci hasn't always shared the political views of the administration he now serves.

In previous tweets, the Wall Street financier called Hillary Clinton “incredibly competent” and appeared to be at odds with his new boss on issues such as gun control, climate change, Islam and illegal immigration.

But on Saturday, the day after he became Trump's communications director, he announced on Twitter that he's deleting his old tweets, which he said are only a distraction.

“The politics of ‘gotcha’ are over. I have thick skin and we're moving on to @POTUS agenda serving the American people,” he wrote in a follow-up tweet nearly two hours later.

In an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”, Scaramucci said his politics and ideals “don't matter at all” and that he's “subordinating” them to President Trump's agenda. And in a heated exchange with CNN's Jake Tapper on “State of the Union”, Scaramucci dismissed accusations that he's willing to suppress his ideals for the sake of power.

“That's a ridiculous Washington sort of narrative. Number 1, it's totally untrue. Number 2, all I'm doing by deleting tweets is sending people a message ... Let me tell you one of the things I really hate about Washington. We have this political purity test on policy. So if I'm for something and then I'm against something, then, all of a sudden, I'm a hypocrite,” Scaramucci said, adding that leaders like Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan changed their political views and switched parties.

Scaramucci's old tweets began resurfacing on Friday. Some have been deleted, but they've since been immortalized by other Twitter users:

In a pair of 2012 tweets, one of which has not yet been deleted, he said that the United States has too many guns and that he's “always been for strong gun control laws.”

“We (the USA) has 5% of the world's population but 50% of the world's guns,” he wrote in the deleted tweet. “Enough is enough. It is just common sense it apply more controls.”

Laura Goldman, who said she is friends with Scaramucci, came to his defense on the policy matter during Saturday, saying his 2012 tweet advocating gun control was a response to her.

“He answered because that's the kind of guy he is. … He shouldn't be crucified for his politeness in answering tweets to a friend before he starts his job,” Goldman said in an email to The Washington Post.

Scaramucci also praised former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in 2011 for staying out of the “Trump spectacle” and called former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally, an “odd guy” who's “so smart with no judgment.”

A few other tweets still appear to be on Scaramucci's profile.

In another 2012 post, he appeared to be advocating liberal causes, describing himself as “for Gay Marriage, against the death penalty, and Pro Choice.”

That same year, he said: “I like Hillary. Have to go with the best athlete. We need to turn this around.”

In a 2016 tweet that appears to contradict Trump's previous statements against Islam, he tweeted: “It is a fight within Islam, overwhelming majority see Islam as a religion of peace, want to live in multiracial/ethnic/faith democracies”.

He railed against climate-change deniers:

“You can take steps to combat climate change without crippling the economy. The fact many people still believe CC is a hoax is disheartening,” he said in a deleted tweet from last year.

And against Trump's plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border:

“Walls don't work. Never have never will. The Berlin Wall 1961-1989 don't fall for it,” he tweeted in 2015. That tweet has since been deleted.

He also appeared to favor another former Republican presidential candidate over Trump:

Big number for @JebBush people just need to get to know him. Will make a great President.

 — Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) October 15, 2015

In a 2015 Fox Business Network interview, Scaramucci called Trump a “hack” and a bully and said he didn't like how the presidential candidate talked about women.

“He's a hack politician. … I'll tell you who he's going to be president of — you can tell Donald I said this — the Queens County bullies association,” he said.

Now Scaramucci has shifted from criticizing Trump to telling reporters several times he loves the president. He also apologized for calling Trump a hack and said the president still reminds him of his previous comments.

“I should have never said that about him,” he told reporters at his first press briefing on Friday, adding later: “Mr. President, if you're listening, I personally apologize for the 50th time for saying that.”

Trump weighed in on Saturday morning, saying Scaramucci wanted to endorse him but didn't know he was going to run. But as The Washington Post's Aaron Blake pointed out, Trump had been a candidate for a month when Scaramucci called him a hack.

• Kristine Phillips is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.


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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2017, 01:03:53 am »

..haha....yup..many move from supporting Clinton...and I hear others are struggling to maintain support for our own populist .......Winston....because of new "policy initiatives"😉
..trying to rid apartheid from NZ😜
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