The latest re-jigger of the Trump administration saw Sean Spicer abruptly resign on Friday as press secretary, reportedly in protest over the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as the White House communications director. After an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Scaramucci found himself in hot water over comments he made about the new press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Scaramucci — who earned the dubiously complimentary nickname “The Mooch” during his years on working on Wall Street — was highly complimentary of Sanders. “I think Sarah does a great job,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “She’s an incredibly warm person. She’s incredibly authentic.”
But then he added that “like every athlete that is training for the Olympics, every day we have to make ourselves incrementally better.” His advice for Sanders? “The only thing I ask Sarah — Sarah, if you’re watching, I loved the hair and makeup person we had on Friday, so I’d like to continue to use the hair and makeup person.”
Scaramucci was swiftly criticized online for seeming to imply that Sanders’ performance would be improved by a hair iron and a smokey eye. And Saramucci was quick to backtrack, writing on Twitter that he “was referring to my hair and make up and the fact that I like the make up artist.”
Some have cast doubt on his explanation. At any rate, assuming that a female press secretary coordinates the White House makeup team is also a rather egregious offense.
Below, watch Scaramucci’s remark on CNN.
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