New White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, announces that Sarah Sanders will be the White House press secretary, taking over from Sean Spicer who resigned. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Incoming communications director, businessman Anthony Scaramucci, announced that Sarah Sanders will be the new White House spokesperson during a press briefing on Friday (July 21). The news came after U.S. President Donald Trump said in a statement that White House press secretary Sean Spicer was resigning as of August. The resignation ends a brief and turbulent tenure that made him a household name, amid further upheaval within President Donald Trump's inner circle. While not a surprise, Spicer's departure was abrupt and reflected heightened turmoil within Trump's legal and communication teams amid a widening investigation into possible ties between Trump's 2016 campaign and the Kremlin. Parodied memorably by Melissa McCarthy on the "Saturday Night Live" sketch comedy show for his combative encounters with the White House press corps, Spicer became one of the Trump administration's most recognized figures. He invited controversy from the beginning, attacking the news media in his debut appearance as press secretary for reporting what he called inaccurate crowd numbers at Trump's inauguration.