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  White House Briefs Reporters on Sean Spicer Resignation  CSPAN  July 21, 2017 2:22pm-3:14pm EDT

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there are only so many working weeks in september. but that likely means is there could be a continued resolution, potentially, until the end of the year, or there could be another omnibus where congress smashes 12 spending bills over $1 trillion in one massive package, but nobody really has time to read. unfortunately, that is how business seems to get done in washington. host: properties calling from saint augustine, florida, on our republican line. hi, robert. caller: good morning. very good panel discussion this morning. i'm glad to see 2 opposing views presented. i think this is great. i would like to return to a statement made earlier in the conversation about taxation. a term that goes around so often, and it is an abstract term, but perhaps mr. stein can get some quantitative response. we talk about everybody paying their fair share. what is fair share, and how do we define fair share so it appeases all points of view?
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guest: it is a fair question. as romina said earlier, we have a progressive tax system at the federal level. ms. sanders: good afternoon. of "made inlast day america" week this afternoon, the president will welcome living survivors of the attack on the uss arizona at pearl harbor and the families. other events this week have focused on the products and goods bearing the highly esteemed "made in america" label. truly the most prized things to have come out of our country are the brave men and women who have risked their lives protecting the freedom of americans and allies around the globe. at 2:00, the president signed an executive order that will ensure the men and women of the greatest military in the world have the ships, aircraft,
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vehicles, and other supplies they will need to keep us safe in the years ahead. this order commissions the first-ever whole government assessment of america's defense, industrial base, marking the first time since president eisenhower that an american president is investing personal attention into the health of the united states defense industrial base. is committed to maintaining the secure supply chain and robust workforce that will support our nations heroes for decades to come. next week, we will be highlighting american heroes like the world war ii veterans, the first responders who keep our communities safe every day, and the boys and girls who will grow up to be the next generation of american leaders. while i am on the topic of the men and women who protect us, i wanted to note that the president commended the house yesterday for voting to reauthorize the department of homeland security for the first time. the home security authorization act also authorizes u.s. immigration and customs enforcement for the first time.
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secretary kelly has made tremendous progress fulfilling the president's promise to end illegal immigration and fully enforce the laws of the united states. this bill reflects the president's strong commitment to ensuring that progress continues. on the hill, of course, senate republicans this week continued to work towards our shared goal of saving the american people from the disaster of obamacare. earlier this afternoon, vice president pence and secretary of health and human services dr. tom price hosted representatives from several grassroots organizations, calling on the senate to take action on health care legislation. as the president has said, in action is sadly not an option. these groups want lawmakers to they want to follow through on the promise to the american people. finally, i would like to read a statement from the president on the resignation of press secretary sean spicer. " i'm grateful for sean's work on behalf of my in
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administration and the american people. i wish him success as he moves on to new opportunities. just look at his gray television ratings. sean will continue to serve the administration through august, and the president has appointed anthony scaramucci as communication's director. i have a statement on anthony as well could "he will be an important addition to this administration. yes that are great supporter and will implement key aspects of our agenda while leading the communications team. wehave accomplished much and get credit for so little bit the good news is, the american people credit even if the press doesn't." i will bring anthony to say a few words and then i will answer follow-up questions. thank you very much. brief and very then i will take questions.
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i would like to announce formally that sarah huckabee sanders -- [indiscernible] sarah huckabee sanders will be to press secretary. still can't hear me? no sound? ok. better now? i'm going to start over. [laughter] mr. scaramucci: you guys hurt me in the front, right? what did i say, john? sarah is going to be press secretary. congratulations to her. [applause] mr. scaramucci: i want to make a couple statements. i want to thank personally sean spicer. on behalf of myself, the president, the administration. sean is a true american patriot, a military servicemen, he has a great family, and he has done an amazing job. this is a difficult situation to be in, and i have fought his efforts here, and i love the guy and i wish them well, and i hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money.
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as it relates to me in this position, i'm going to spend a couple of weeks getting to know the people here, and i am going to be asked whether native as i can with the people inside the west wing. there has been speculation in the press about me and reince . i want to talk about that quickly. reince and i have been personal friends for six years. we are a little like brothers, where we rough each other up once in a while, which is totally normal for brothers. a lot of people here have brothers, so you get that. but he is a dear friend. he brought me into the political system, he brought me into the republican national committee network. he introduced me to governor walker. we spent many times together socially. a lot of people are not aware about this, but after the romney intoign, i invited reince sky bridge could i think it reflects poorly on reince that he did not accept our offer to
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come in and be chief operating officer. i see that in just, obviously. we sat in there oval office, and we are committed as true professionals to the team and the process of getting the administration message out. tell be one of the bigger goals for us. i said it took -- that will be one of the big goals for us. i said during the transition and i will say it here, i think there is a disconnect between the way we see the president and how much we love the president and the way that perhaps some of you see the president. i think that the american people see the president the way i do, but we want to get the message out there, and to use a wall street expression, there might be an arbitrage spread between how well we are doing and how will some of you guys think we are doing, and we will work hard to close that spread. i'm done. i will take questions. i will answer as many people as i can. reporter: number one, what we have seen from this administration does far is the president being his own messenger, and that has created the struggles for the
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communications staff. how do you get the white house back on track? start scaramucci -- mr. scaramucci: i take issue with that. i think we are on track. i do think we have meshing perspectives. i did not want to do a whole advertising infomercial now. i think we are doing an amazing job. the president himself is always going to be the president. we were in the oval office earlier today and we were talking about letting him be himself letting him express his identity. he has some of the best political instincts in the world, in history. he started his political ascent two years and two months ago, and he has done a phenomenal job for the american people. people i grow up with, they so identify with the president and they love him and we will get that message out. reporter: second question -- mr. scaramucci: i will speak to everybody, don't worry. reporter: with your business
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background, how do you plan to handle your conflicts of interest, and one of the conversations like? , i don'tmucci: well think it is fair to the president to go into the exact conversations because i want to keep those between me and him private but we talked about the white house, we talked about a personal relationship. when he extended the offer to me, i said i would do it, because i want to serve the president. i have a lot of family members who served in the american military. i was born in 1964. i did not serve. it is one of the regrets of my life. so this is an opportunity to serve the country. i love the president. i obviously love the country -- look at my life experience in the country. it is an honor to be here. reporter: [indiscernible] mr. scaramucci: my personal business conflicts? i've worked with the government ethics to take care of my business conflicts.
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it will be 100% clean, and i don't see an issue with it. the office of government ethics does not see an issue with it, nor does the white house counsel. one thing i want to say about this -- when you bring american business people into the administration that has had some level of success in society, they have to unencumber themselves. it is somewhat ironic -- you have to -- you want to serve the country, so the first thing you have to do is take this mega opportunity cost. watching the white house from someone outside, your own perspective on what you have seen -- as scaramucci: not quite you. reporter: what is the first thing you are going to change to right this ship? mr. scaramucci: again, i take issue with that. i think the ship is going in the right direction. we have to radio-signaled the
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direction very clearly. i like the team -- that me rephrase that. i love the team. i'm an incrementalist. tot entrepreneurs say that say some the overly bold or dramatic -- what they do is start the day and go through the process. navy seals say that if you want at itt an elephant, you e one bite at a time. reporter: anthony, did you have hesitation taking this job knowing that it might cause friction, and that it might lead to sean leaving? and the 2 are somewhat coincidental. did you have hesitation about how you would relate to the rest of the white house staff coming in under those circumstances? mr. scaramucci: listen, i'm a business person, and what happens in business a lot of times is you have locations in personnel and u.s. lifestyle choices people are making. -- you have lifestyle choices
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people are making good i would love to have sean here. sean decided to go. it's student he is as a human being and team player. , anthony is is coming in, let me clean the slate for anthony. i appreciate sean for that, i love him for it. i don't have friction with sean, i don't have friction with reince. we are serving the president, and i want to make sure that our cultural template is putting the american agenda -- his agenda first and serve the american people and his interests. i'm a business person. i'm used to dealing with friction. reporter: with the transition, was a disappointing you did not land a post here? mr. scaramucci: again, i would say that as an entrepreneur, you have to be accustomed to setbacks. i had a series of setbacks in my life, which i've written about. every written a best-selling book -- if you don't believe me, you can come to my basement and
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i will get you every copy. i have been honest about the setbacks i have had. was i disappointed? yes, i said that candidly that i was disappointed. but i love the president and i'm very loyal to the president, and i love the mission the president has. since the early days of the campaign when i went to these rallies and i saw the love people have for the president -- i grew up in the middle class, and there is a struggle out there. the president saw that before i did. he talked to me. i feel that struggle, i have empathy for that struggle, and i want to help make things better for the american people. i will try to get everybody to i will try to get to everybody. saying that the president needed a clean slate, how does that comport with -- [indiscernible] second, how badly does the president need a win on health care? mr. scaramucci: here is the one problem with the weight our
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society is working. we are micromanaging the seconds of the news cycle. i predict that the president will get a win on health care. that is my honest prediction, because i've seen him in operation over the last 20-plus years. the president has really good karma, and the world turns back to him. he is genuinely a wonderful human being, and is members of congress get to know him better and get comfortable with him, they will let him lead them to the right things for the american people. i think we will get health care done. i think we will get tax reform done. whatever else is on the president's agenda, we will work very hard and studiously to make it happen. reporter: the cameras are back. we you commit to regular on camera briefings? mr. scaramucci: if she supplies hair and makeup, i will consider it. i need a lot of makeup. this is the press secretary. i am here today because it is the first day we make the mitchell decision and it makes
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sense to come up here and answer as many questions as possible. the answer is, we may. i have to talk to the president. i like consulting with the president before making decisions like this. reporter: one of the president's strongest supporters for a while now. but does he know what you said about him in 2015 when he said he was a hack politician? mr. scaramucci: he brings it up every 15 seconds. one of the biggest mistakes i made because i was an inexperienced person and politics and was supporting another candidate. i personally apologized for the 50th time for saying that. here is the wonderful thing about the news media -- that was three minutes of my life, he never forgotten it, you have never forgotten it. i hope some day, mr. president, you will forget it. let's go to the next question. reporter: a question about credibility, things that have been said in this room. a don't have to -- variation of what i asked sean
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spicer's first day -- is it your commitment to give accurate information to the best of your ability from that podium? mr. scaramucci: i almost feel i don't have to answer that question. you can tell from me and my body language what kind of person i am. reince involved in offering you this position? was he consulted by the president ahead of time? mr. scaramucci: yes, he was consulted firs. there was a lot of speculation about the timing and so forth. we are a team. reporter: job was offered? mr. scaramucci: some of this stuff, it is unnecessary to going to the granular detail. it is like that book "the circle," you have a camera on you. i'm a team player. i've played team sports my whole life, at least as a kid. i believe you have to
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subordinate yourself to the greater good of the team. if teammates don't have disagreements about certain things, they are not going to get the championship. you have got to get together and mix it up a little bit from time to time. i have no problem mixing up with these guys. i love these guys, i respect to these guys. is it perfect everything ok? whose life is perfect every single day? here's the committed i'm making to you and the american people and the president, i'm here to serve him in the west wing. reporter: you admitted to regular televised briefings and having a transparent relationship with the press? mr. scaramucci: again, i'm obviously committed to being transparent, because i'm standing here, but i would like to talk it over with the president. we have a new press secretary and i would like to talk it over with her. we will get back to you on it could listen, i'm standing right here and i'm trying to answer every question. beenter: the president has
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feeling under siege with the rush investigation full -- russia investigation. do you feel he was being exposed and that he did not have people coming to his defense? is that part of the reason we have you here? mr. scaramucci: i don't think so. one of the things i'm doing today is i sort of have my white house counsel briefing before have the press briefing. i want to limit my remarks related to the russian situation and things like that. here is what i will tell you about the president and he is the most competitive person i've ever met. i've seen this guy throwing debt spiraled through a tire. i've seen him and madison square garden sending file shots and swishing them. he sinks three-foot putts. i don't see him as a guy who was ever under siege. he is a very competitive person. what we are going to do these we will do a lot of winning. reporter: in terms of the
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relationship that the operations made a habit of calling stories they don't like corrected --errors is that the kind of relationship you want with media outlets -- mr. scaramucci: again, i want to speak for myself right now, because it is my first day on the job and i want to get familiar with everybody. i had a personal incident with your news organization, and i thought i handled it well. you guys said something about me that was totally unfair and untrue. you retracted it an issue to me an apology and i accepted the apology immediately. for me, i've never been a journalist but i've played a journalist on television. i used to host "wall street week" for fox business. i have empathy for journalists. sometimes they will get stories wrong. but i sort of like the f -- sort andon't like the fake news,
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if he asked me if there is media bias out there, to be candid, there is media bias, and we want to de-escalation at and get the message of the president out there to the american people. president is no -- known that -- not [indiscernible] that was clearly a problem that sean had at the podium. how do you plan on navigating that? mr. scaramucci: here is what i will say -- i think sean did a very good job. he is a very articulate person. 30 years in communications. i imagine people here will be super excited when he lands in a job and be a very effective communicator wherever he goes. as it relates to standing at the podium, everybody has their own individual personality. i do believe that the best messenger, the best media
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person, the most savvy person in the white house is the president of the united states, and i'm hoping to learn from him as follows from sarah and other people. mr. scaramucci: your relationship with the president -- how long has it lasted? mr. scaramucci: the first time at the president -- he was a namebrand act in the day -- namebrand back in the day. a personal friend of mine, we were at goldman sachs together, he introduced me to the president. i met him a few more times. the president of the yankees introduced me to him a few times. and then i would say he got -- we got closer during the romney campaign where we get a couple fundraisers in his magnificent apartment. listen, i have a good relationship with the president, i love the president. you guys in the media know i have been very, very loyal to him, and i will do the best i can with my heart and soul in this job to serve him the best i can. reporter: are there going to be other changes?
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mr. scaramucci: the thing i can talk about specifically is that dansk aveeno and the team are scavino and the team are staying. i just spoke to them. i think they are 2 phenomenal people. as it relates to the other people in the comm shop, i need to get to know them. sean was incredibly gracious, spoke to them on my behalf. reince was in credibly gracious. i got to get to know the people, they get to know me. hopefully they will like me and want me to stay. we will make it a very fun place to work. we will try to get everybody. [indiscernible] that is a really good question, but it is inappropriate for me to answer that question right now. i have to get back to you on that and get direction from
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gentleman master and the president. -- general mcmaster and the president. i will do every thing i can to get to every person in this room. reporter: will president trump have a press conference with us in the near future? mr. scaramucci: i will talk to him, absolutely. listen,from he is it -- he is a great communicator. he won this election -- i used another method a lot better when i was in the campaign and transition from a i think we spent, i don't know, 60% of the money and one third of the personnel. we won the president because of donald j. trump. he is an unbelievable politician. of course at some point we will make sure that happens. i don't know what point that will be, but i will talk to him. i will get to everybody. i will do my very best to get to everybody. reporter: anthony, you seem like a very savvy person, and he said that the white house is a difficult place.
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how are you going to handle a couple things? mr. scaramucci: let me explain that -- it is a difficult place because here is what happens. it is a little cramped in ther e. you have a lot of reporters from international news agencies, and it is a difficult place, because you are trying to get a job done and you are sitting in a fishbowl. that is what i mean by it's a difficult place. i don't mean difficult in terms of people. what you find is that there is a lot less palace intrigue than is getting reported about. but that is create tension and anxiety, and i will work alongside my peers to reduce the tension and anxiety because we all genuinely like each other. reporter: how are you going to handle, when a crisis or big things, of, and you put us is this a gated -- you put a sophisticated message out at night, and the president in the
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morning tweets something very different. are you willing to say you made a mistake? mr. scaramucci: listen, i took a trial advocacy at harvard law school -- a little name dropping, if you don't mind. going to answer that because it is a hypothetical. i love the president. the president is an effective communicator with he will use social media -- if i get this wrong, i will hear it from him. 113 million 114 million? i know he is taking a 300,000 followers today, god bless him. it is an effective use of reaching the american public directly, and listen, i welcome him continuing to do that. i think it is very, very important for him to express his identity, because what i have found when i travel around the country, people love them. -- people love him. reporter: the message is
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different -- [indiscernible] mr. scaramucci: that is a hypothetical so how can i answer that? i don't know what the tweet is. that early in law school. --you learn that early in law school. reporter: what he believed being on camera is beneficial? mr. scaramucci: yes not express that opinion that he has not express that opinion to me so i cannot that. reporter: how much going forward? mr. scaramucci: as much or as little as he wants to be. i will do the best to communicate what is the most effective strategy for him to get his message out to the american people and the global community. but it is as much or as little as he wants to be. i gave me or does today and will -- orders today and i will report directly to him. reporter: your relationship with the chief of staff -- is your
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boss, or do you report directly to the president? mr. scaramucci: ok, so i will let reince answer that could i have no problem reporting to reince. i worked on wall street for 29 years to no one's ever worked for me. people worked with me. i believe in a lot of collaboration. it is empowering for people. , you guys are going to be very, very surprised about the relationship that i have with reince and the closeness we are going to have in terms of working to serve the president. he is the chief of staff. it would be foolish of me not to communicate with him, not to relate to him every single thing i'm doing. do you stand by some of the factual claims that have been contested that have been made by this administration -- 3 million illegal votes cast? do you endorse those statements?
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mr. scaramucci: a little bit of an unfair question because i'm not up to speed on that -- reporter: 3 million people voted illegally. mr. scaramucci: ok, so if the president says it, let me do more research on it. my guess is there is probably some level of truth to that. what we have found it sometimes is that the president says stuff, some of you guys an immediate think it is true or not true, and it turns out to be closer to the truth than you might think. i'm feeling the hook here. let me get to blake first. reporter: congratulations on the new job. mr. scaramucci: are you really congratulating me on the new job? reporter: you have gone through your past, law school, business, finance, but you have never held a communications-type role. what would you say to critics who say he has never done anything like this in the white house?
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secondly, can you lay out why you wanted the job? thirdly, why you a meal he chose sarah to be press secretary why you immediately chose sarah to be pressing -- why you immediately chose sarah to be press secretary? mr. scaramucci: let me start with sarah. she has annt thinks event. and i'm super proud to work with her. you find in my background and my career, i have a lot of communication experience, and i spent a lot of time on television, spent a lot of time shaping the message for my old firm. time will tell. here is something i will tell you about myself, there is a lot of stuff i don't know, so i will lean on people like sarah to help me be the best i can possibly be. i will take one last question. this question right here. 2 questions -- because of your legal background and the mentioned -- your
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interaction with the president's legal team? who look most analysts white house communication, academia or historians, it is usually policy and political problems. you say we don't understand in the united states how much the president is appreciated and how much they love him. can you describe to us how much -- the president has political and policy problems? mr. scaramucci: start with the first question. reporter: legal -- will you interact with the president's legal team? mr. scaramucci: i'm a close personal friend with jay
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sekulow. andll work with don mcgann other people to make sure we are handling ourselves in the most appropriate way possible. that is all i can say about that. reporter: and so than to follow on, hold your cap -- communications problems versus policy problems. mr. scaramucci: long ago, teddy roosevelt said that the presidency is a bully pulpit, and the president has a great gift in being able to control the new cycle and the messaging. if we get super coordinated around here with the president and we go back to what he did, some of the great successes he had on the campaign and the transition, and even in the presidency, frankly, it is delivering that message to the american people. i think the policies are fantastic. i think yes on a phenomenal job. i think sam or something that i totally leave, -- sam or read
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something that he is doing a phenomenal job and when you to get it out there more aggressively and we will do that. i will take one more. reporter: thank you very much. you talked several times about your relationship with reince preibus. and you talk about your relationship with steve bannon? yes had -- he is said to have had strong objections to you taking this job as well. mr. scaramucci: i am on the record, i've been interviewed about steve. i think he is one of the smartest people i know. he was instrumental in helping us win the election. he has a strong personality, i have a strong personality. we did not overlap at goldman sachs but we both worked there of time.iod there is something great about that culture. great things about that culture -- the first is that you subordinate yourself to the team if you have disagreements. the second thing is that the
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legendary john weinberg, now deceased, said that some people grow, other people's well. -- other people swell. i want to keep my head in the game and my ego low and work with steve bannon. i have a huge, norma's amount of -- enormous amount of respect. reporter: you said that you don't need to right the ship. 3820%e president has a approval rating -- 38.8% approval rating. that is historically low. mr. scaramucci: that is a really good question. we know from statistics, because i've taken plenty of statistics courses, that sometimes the polls can be wrong. reporter: the gallup average. mr. scaramucci: ok, but we were using averages during the campaign and they said we were
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going to lose and we ended up winning. they are a barometric pressure reading for right now, today, but the american people are playing the long game and i think they really love the president. if you look at individual states, you can see that the guy is doing phenomenally well. it is indicating to me personally that the president is really well loved. there seems to be a disconnection in terms of things going on and we want to contract -- corrected that, sarah and i. i feel great about what he is doing. maybe you don't feel great, i don't know you. but i want the american people to feel great in general. keep going. reporter: thank you, anthony. there are reports of general mcmaster having disagreements on policy on russia. willou say that there be no other high-profile resignations of white house staff? honestlymucci: i
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cannot answer that one way or the other, although i have an enormous amount of respect for general mcmaster. i don't know enough. reporter: you are going to work with the legal team messaging as it relates to russia -- mr. scaramucci: i didn't say that. i said that i have not been briefed yet by the white house counsel as to what is appropriate to talk about from this podium and so i don't want to take any questions related. reporter: is the strategy that seems to be coming from this white house now in going after robert mueller's credibility the right one? mr. scaramucci: i -- again, that is sort of in that zip code of the legal team, and not in sarah ode.y c it is actually very complicated, peopleon't want to bore with the legal details, but it is important on my first day standing up here that i don't go
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in that direction. not because i'm not trying to be forthcoming. i just think there is legalities there i don't want to touch. last two questions, then i'm going to go. reporter: the president is the great communicator. how important is the relations between the president and the press? and you think the media -- how is it going to change? in the whitet house press? mr. scaramucci: listen, i'm a super optimistic guy. i'm too short to see the glass anything other than half full. i think the president will have a phenomenal relationship with the press. we will get there together. reporter: don't tell us how to stage the news, we won't tell you how to report the news -- do you think that is an actor reflection of what your job is? mr. scaramucci: say that again?
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reporter: don't tell us how to stage the news, we want to you had to report the news. do you think that is accurate? mr. scaramucci: i don't know. i have an enormous amount of respect for press secretary speakes, but when he was standing at this podium, it was a different world. everyone of us has a recording studio, television studio, in the palm of their hands. we can say things and it will be read certain ways. work for aswill many people as we possibly can for today's era. maybe it was accurate for 1980, but sarah and i will think of something cute to say once we start working -- [indiscernible] is it possible for the communication team -- how do you make sure that you are on the same page as this
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president? what is it say about the need to know what he is thinking and where he stands as it relates to policy? mr. scaramucci: i'm not going to speak on behalf of the president. i have a close relationship with him, sarah has a close relationship with him. successful life experience for president trump to be president trump and so let's let him do that. let's see where the chips fall and when something happens you do not like or you like you will talk to me or sarah and we will address it. reporter: do you plan to meet with him every day, do you have oval offers -- office privileges? mr. scaramucci: i am not one of these people that need to have unnecessary face time with the president but i have office privileges if that is what you're talking about. i have the opportunity to meet with him because i will be his comms director. amant to make sure that i
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syncopated with him in a way he likes. it is it him but i do not want to waste his time. thank you. sarah: i would have been happy for him to stay here all day and exhaust all your questions but one i should figure out a couple today and the president has an event here shortly so i want to work through as many as i can. with that, i will start with jeff mason. this is maybe your last day in my first. take it away. >> can you talk about how this , how the change will affect the press office and how is sean
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feeling, how he made the decision to resign. sarah: i will not speak for sean. he understood the president wanted to bring in and add new people to the team and sean feel like it would be best for the team to the able to start with a totally clean slate. i want to echo what anthony said, it speaks volumes to who he is to be willing to do that and allow anthony to come in with brand-new starting place. he has served the president loyally and admirably, he will continue to stay on for the next several weeks through this transition. i am sure he will be answered -- happy to answer those questions. jobongratulations on the you can you clarify where the president stands on the issue of pardons, is he considering the russian
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investigation and does the president believe he has the power to pardon himself? to thei refer you comments that have been made by the outside counsel in terms of their actions, the president maintains pardon powers like any president would but there are a know it -- no announcements or land announcement -- any announcements on that front. i do not have anything to add down to what the outside counsel has said on that front. raised questions about robert mueller, does he endorse his legal team's efforts to undermine robert mueller's credibility? sarah: again, the president has absolutely nothing to do with any of the allegations that are being made, i think he has maintained that and he wants them to complete their processes process as quickly as possible so we can move away from the ridiculousness of all things russia, russia favor. >> does he endorse his legal
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team? sarah: i am not aware of those details, that is something you will have to have -- ask his legal team. wantat does the president the senate to vote on next week? sarah: as we repeated many times before, the president's preference is to repeal and replace obamacare. we have not been shy or quiet about that and those intends have not -- in tensions have not changed. >> the vice president had some conservative groups over him a they announced that they will be scoring votes next week on the motion to proceed which i believe is unprecedented. sarah: i do not think anyone here has made it secret that this is a big priority and congress should do what they are product -- talking about for the past seven years, time for them to get in there and repeal and replace obamacare and these groups recognize that, their
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constituency that support the groups they have, certainly recognize that and they are supporting the mission of their organizations and pushing and putting pressure on members to get the job done. >> about the organizational structure, now that anthony is coming in, the press secretary, the comm secretary is to be equal, will it remain that way, because there was some move toward making the communications thector a deputy chief and comms director would report. do you report to anthony? betteranthony said it than i did, we plan to work together as a team and our goal is to promote the president's agenda and to do that not just with the two of us but the m office and com the white house staff. pleasure of the
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president. >> there were comments made on television this morning talking about the motivations of people who are part of dollars counsel --mueller's counsel. sarah: questions regarding that i would direct you to the outside counsel. >> does the president have confidence in [inaudible] sarah: i have no reason to believe otherwise. >> [inaudible] the intelligence committees are looking into financial data from the treasury department, is there anything the white house can do to stop that? sarah: he does not want the special counsel to move beyond the scope and outside of its mission and the president has been clear as have been his
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accountants and teams that he has no financial dealings with russia and we have been extremely clear on that. >> it became apparent in the house on the first go around that it was going to fail, it was pulled in the last hour or two, when you look at their appeal and replace potential and the repeal only potential, the numbers suggest they do not have the votes and it is setup to fail. why does the house believe -- white house believe i vote should proceed? sarah: we continue to be focused on repealing and replacing obamacare and we will not until we get that done. not only have we wanted to commit to that but a lot of the members of the senate and the house have not only committed but campaigned on that, it is time to step out and get that done. >> the vote should take place on some sort of bill one way or another? sarah: i do not give can repeal and replace obamacare without a
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vote. >> i want to get something straight, earlier in the week you indicated the white house was not opposed to outright repeal. then based on your remarks today and mark short's two days ago you seem to favor repeal and replace. does that mean you are against the outright repeal bowl -- bill? shara: our preference is to repeal and replace. how -- us through through the process of how the president decided to hire the medications director. what will his role be in terms of objectives the president wants him to meet. -- to meet? has been a loyal supporter of the president, anthony is somebody who has come from nothing and built an
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incredible, several incredible companies and he is one of the most successful smart people that the president could put on his team and the president recognize that and want him to be part of this process, early on. he was very strong advocate throughout the transition and this has been part of the process of bringing him inside the white house. follow-up on robert mueller. this president trump have confidence robert mueller will conduct a fair investigation? sarah: i do not have any reason to see otherwise but i have not had a chance to ask the president, i would want to date clarity before i comment. -- get clarity before i comment. >> [inaudible] several other roles in this building across the street. what does that say about the efforts to step up this administration, what has the
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president learned about his team, about himself as president. if you explain the high turnover rate we have seen the last six months. sarah: you would have to ask the president what he has learned in that process and i can tell you what we have learned in that andess is working together working to a comp things that the american people elected the president to do is our focus, that is what we come here every day to do, we are a lot less focused on the who but that what and we are going to continue that every single day. i do not see it is chaos. if you want to see chaos you should come to my house early in the morning when my three kids are running around, that is chaos. the news this week concerning the attorney general and the resignation of mr. spicer could have the effect of alienating or inoralizing trump loyalists and out of the administration. sarah: trump loyalists in the
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administration but across the country are energized by the accomplishments of the president in the first six months, the stock rocket is at a high, jobs are growing, regulations are coming off, the country is becoming more secure, the border is coming -- becoming more secure, immigration is down, we have a lot of things to celebrate, a lot of things to be excited about and hour morella's high. is high.rale >> if you could reflect about what you have learned, have you found it easy or is it a tough job? the greatestone of honors that any person could have to work in any capacity in this building and to get to do that up here in such a public way and speak on behalf of the absolutely an honor and something i will cherish and
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hope to do my very best every single day and be as open, asest, and as transparent humanly possible and will always operate at the highest level and the most amount of integrity as you can. with that that is a great place to end today and the president will be having an event here shortly. thanks much, guys. >> sean spicer has resigned as press secretary after president trump hired wall street mucci.ier anthony scara sans spicer had been filling the job. he tweeted this out this afternoon, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve at pot
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@donaldtrump. i will continue my service through august. house medications -- communications director ci made the announcement. >> i would like to announce formally that sarah huckabee secretaryll be the -- -- press secretary so you can , youatulate her after still cannot hear me, no sound? better now? i will start over. you guys heard me in the front. what did i say, sarah will be the press secretary, right? congratulations. [appe]