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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened Wednesday’s press briefing by poking fun at the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci.
Sanders ribbed Scaramucci for a comment he made over the weekend in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“Now, I know Anthony is probably a little bit disappointed that he is not up here today,” Sanders said. “But since he did some TV this morning, he was able to go ahead and get his hair and makeup done. So I think he’ll be OK.”
In the CNN interview, Scaramucci said Sanders should ensure that the hair and makeup person who helped them before Friday’s press briefing would continue to do so.
“I want to do everything I can to make her better at that podium,” Scaramucci said of Sanders. “I think she’s phenomenal there now, but like every athlete training for the Olympics, every day we’ve got to make ourselves incrementally better.
“The only thing I ask Sarah – Sarah, if you’re watching, I loved the hair and makeup person that we had on Friday,” he continued. “So I’d like to continue to use the hair and makeup person.”
Scaramucci later clarified his comment after some criticized it as aiming at Sanders’ makeup.
“For the record, I was referring to my hair and make up and the fact that I like the make up artist,” Scaramucci tweeted. “I need all the help I can get!”