Highlights: White House briefs media after press shop shake-up

The White House communications shop held its first on-camera briefing for reporters in weeks on Friday, just hours after press secretary Sean Spicer resigned.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders took the podium as the briefing room buzzed with the news of Spicer’s abrupt departure, which came in protest of President Donald Trump’s decision to name Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci his new communications director.

Here are the key moments from the briefing.

• Sanders read a pair of statements from Trump on the resignation of Spicer and the hiring of Scaramucci.

"I am grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings," Trump said of Spicer.

"Anthony is a person I have great respect for, and he will be an important addition to this administration," the second statement said. "He’s been a great supporter and will now help implement key aspects of our agenda while leading the communications team. We have accomplished so much and we are being given credit for so little. The good news is the people get it even if the media doesn’t."

Sanders will succeed Spicer as press secretary, Scaramucci, taking the briefing room podium for the first time, announced to reporters. He also thanked Spicer for his service and wished him well.

"I applaud his efforts here and I love the guy and I wish him well," Scaramucci said. "And I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money."


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