The White House communications director mentioned Sanders’ appearance after talking about her job performance.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders watches as incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci blows a kiss after answering questions during the press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 21, 2017. CREDIT: Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Newly installed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci commented on Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ appearance during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union.
When Tapper asked if the press would see Scaramucci more often at White House press briefings, he began talking about the White House decision to put restrictions on cameras in the briefing room. He then moved on to describe Sarah Sanders’ job performance as press secretary.
“I think Sarah does a great job. She’s incredibly authentic, and what I told Sarah on Friday is you take the big office … For Sarah Huckabee, I want to do everything I can to make her better at that podium. I think she’s phenomenal there now. But like every athlete that is training for the Olympics, every day we have to make ourselves incrementally better,” Scaramucci said.
After his noting how press secretaries can be “incrementally better,” Scaramucci focused on Sanders’ appearance.
“The only thing I ask Sarah, Sarah if you’re watching, I love the hair and makeup person that we had on Friday, so I’d like to continue to use the hair and makeup person,” he added.
Scaramucci’s comment on Sanders’ appearance is in keeping with the Trump administration’s habit of commenting on women and how they should look. Trump himself is incredibly focused on women’s appearances. When the president criticizes a woman, he almost always focuses on their looks. And when the president praises a woman, he zeroes in on their appearance.
After meeting the French President Emmanuel Macron and French First Lady, Brigitte Macron, Trump commented to the French First Lady, “You’re in such good shape,” and then turned to French President Emmanuel Macron and repeated his comment before turning back to her and saying, “Beautiful.”
Conversely, when Trump lashed out at Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, he chose to focus on Brzezinski’s appearance and claimed she was bleeding from a facelift. The hosts said the president’s claims are false.
Although there is reportedly pressure for everyone to dress to Trump’s very specific standards, a source who worked on Trump’s campaign told Axios that Trump expects women who work for him “to dress like women.” Axios reported that women who worked in campaign field offices felt pressure to wear dresses to please Trump, who has bragged on camera about sexually assaulting women.
UPDATE: Scaramucci insists that he was referring to his own makeup and hair needs.